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Is this the world’s only pink dolphin?

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These are the stunning pictures of a rare pink bottlenose dolphin spotted swimming in a Louisiana lake.

The mammal was pictured by local charter boat captain Erik Rue, who has been studying the dolphin since it first surfaced in Lake Calcasieu, an inland saltwater estuary, north of the Gulf of Mexico in Southwestern USA.

Since it was spotted with its pod of normal coloured dolphins last year the animal has been wowing visitors on the lake.

Regina Asmutis-Silvia, senior biologist, with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, called the dolphin ‘truly beautiful’.

‘I have never seen a dolphin coloured in this way in all my career’, she said.

‘While this animal looks pink, it is an albino which you can notice in the pink eyes. Albinism is a genetic trait and it unclear as to the type of albinism this animal inherited.

 

Read more: Caught on camera: Is this the world’s only PINK dolphin?

Photos: Daily Mail Online

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  1. That is probably the coolest thing ever.

    Glad that I stumbled across your blog! Great idea!

    EJ

    03/02/2009 at 12:30 pm

  2. Well, my favorite color is pink.
    I shoudld steal it (:

    Shelby Daniels

    03/02/2009 at 12:43 pm

  3. I am from Louisiana originally. I think it would be worth a trip home to see this animal in person.

    allpositivenews

    03/02/2009 at 12:58 pm

  4. Pink dolphins are very common. Pink tends to mean that the dolphin is still young and hasn’t gotten it’s color yet from what I remember when I visited a sea park a while back and swam with some of them. Pink dolphins are just another species of dolphin.

    -Fluff.


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