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Stunning Pink Dolphin Photographed in Louisiana


Check out these photos of an albino bottlenose dolphin with a pink rather than white skin pigmentation. The dolphin lives in an estuary in Louisiana. It's unclear if this photo is recent — as the dolphin has been photographed before — but it's definitely gorgeous.

Said Charter boat captain Erik Rue, who shot the photo: "The dolphin appears to be healthy and normal other than its coloration, which is quite beautiful and stunningly pink. The mammal is entirely pink from tip to tail and has reddish eyes indicating it's albinism...I have personally spotted the pink dolphin 40 to 50 times in the time since the original sighting as it has apparently taken up residence with its family in the Calcasieu ship channel. As time has passed the young mammal has grown and sometimes ventures away from its mother to feed and play but always remains in the vicinity of the pod. Surprisingly, it does not appear to be drastically affected by the environment or sunlight as might be expected considering its condition, although it tends to remain below the surface a little more than the others in the pod."

UPDATE: Just found some video of the pink dolphin, captured in Cameron, Louisiana in late October. Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Is it maybe pink because of eating shrimp? Isn't that what makes flamingos pink?

    Posted by: unicorn rider | Mar 2, 2009 1:22:51 PM


    I love it.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Mar 2, 2009 1:26:32 PM

  3. Beautiful! And it's Pisces time for us fish. Although I don't love the ocean like I should. I'm getting scared of everything in old age.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 2, 2009 1:32:54 PM

  4. This animal must be cloned or otherwise duplicated in some manner. I want to live in a world full of pink dolphins, it would be such a better place.

    Posted by: John M | Mar 2, 2009 1:36:37 PM

  5. Wow! That's so cool.

    Posted by: Eric | Mar 2, 2009 2:03:54 PM

  6. What a pretty pink princess!

    Posted by: Joe | Mar 2, 2009 2:33:18 PM

  7. The problem is that they have no natural sun protection, so their eyes get cataracts and they suffer sunburn. However, this one seems okay for now.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 2, 2009 3:03:26 PM

  8. Could this be a sign of HOPE for us? With the reintroduction of UAFA, a bill to repeal DADT and possibly the overturn of Prop 8 in California, I think Pinky is here to tell us something -- I am so hopeful!!!!! This could be OUR year!!!

    Sorry for getting all clairvoyant on you guys..It's been awhile since I saw something so miraculous..

    Posted by: gayalltheway | Mar 2, 2009 4:41:17 PM

  9. Beautiful! I'm sure glad it's healthy and free.

    Posted by: sparks | Mar 2, 2009 8:01:08 PM

  10. hong kong is home to pink dolphins too! when they built the new airport there was massive hoo ha over it, as it disturbed and destroyed the waters where native pink dolphins lived. they're not nearly as pink as this dolphin (CRAZY) but for those of you interested, check it out!

    Posted by: hkgirl | Mar 2, 2009 8:15:08 PM

  11. it's not "pink pigmentation", just like it's not "white pigmentation" -- albino is a LACK of pigmentation. you probably already knew this, but don't let this detail become lost in the confusion of words...

    Posted by: Drakar | Mar 2, 2009 10:50:39 PM

  12. Bright pink prancing dolpins!! Aren't they also the only other animal on earth that have sex for fun?

    If so,is this their version of the hankey code?

    Posted by: Mamma Rice | Mar 3, 2009 2:12:16 PM

  13. hey unicorn rider the reason flamingos are ping is because they eat blue-green alge.
    I know that sounds stupid but it's true.
    Nothing to do with shrimp

    Posted by: sooz | Mar 3, 2009 6:17:03 PM

  14. It's beautiful. We should put some kind of protections on it because you know the Japanese will be over here trying to harpoon and eat it since it's one of a kind.
    I'm just sayin.

    Posted by: shane | Mar 4, 2009 8:40:08 AM

  15. Southeast Asia is the home for Pink Dolphins. There is actually a pink dolphin park in Singapore. Its considered an endangered spp. now. This pink dolphin is "pinker" than the ones in Asia, though.

    Posted by: Will | Mar 14, 2009 4:29:41 AM

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