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...

Posted March 2, 2009 at 1:17pm ETC by Andy Towle
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