A rare pink dolphin was spotted in louisiana
Posted August 8
A somewhat elusive pink dolphin known as “Pinky” was spotted in Louisiana, according to KHOU. The dolphin was seen playing in a Louisiana ship channel.
Bridget Boudreaux was lucky enough to spot Pinky (and catch the dolphin on video) while she and her husband were on a cruise in the Calcasieu Ship Channel on Aug. 5.
“I about fell out the boat,” Boudreaux told KHOU. “I was like wow that’s not a regular dolphin, that’s a pink dolphin.”
Take a look at the video below for more information on this unusual dolphin sighting.
This isn’t the first time this pink dolphin has been spotted in the area, either. Pinky sightings made headlines back in 2015. But according to National Geographic, charter boat captain Erik Rue has been seeing the animal in the waterways since about 2007.
While spotting a pink dolphin seems about as rare as finding a unicorn, dolphins with pink coloring do exist. However, scientists think Pinky could actually be albino, which may explain the light pink coloring.
Amazon River Dolphins, also known as pink dolphins, live in the rivers of South America. So while pink dolphins do exist, that doesn’t necessarily explain how one was spotted in Louisiana.
But Greg Barsh, a scientist who studies the genetics of color variation at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Alabama, told National Geographic that Pinky’s reddish eyes and blood vessels could be a sign of albinism, which is when the cells that make melanin fail to produce normal amounts.
Albinism in dolphins is quite rare, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Scientists with NOAA estimate that only 1 in 10,000 mammals have albinism.
Along with Pinky in Louisiana, there’s also been what is likely an albino dolphin sighting in California, too. You can see it in the video below.
So, it’s not as rare as finding a unicorn, but laying eyes on a pink dolphin still pretty darn unusual!
The Louisiana dolphin was once thought to be pregnant, so will there be more pink dolphins in the area in the future? Are there already? Only time will tell.
We’ll just be here-waiting for the next pink dolphin sighting.