Boat Captain Spots Rare Pink Dolphin In Lake, Captures Footage That Quickly Goes Viral
LifeAspire Staff 6/16/2017
People have spied beautiful pink dolphins as stuffed animals or squeaky toys, but only a fortunate few have spotted the real life version of this beautiful and rare creature. Nicknamed Pinkie, a bright pink dolphin has been captured on camera, seen jumping out and diving back into the waters of Lake Calcasieu in Louisiana.
This certainly isn't your average bottlenose dolphin. First of all, dolphins aren't usually common inhabitants of lakes. Second, scientists have been studying this one because of her captivating bright pink coloring.
Pinkie was discovered by charter boat captain Erik Rue 10 years ago. He's snapped an abundance of photos and in that process, discovered that this particular pink dolphin is a female.
"I believe I'm first one who saw her and I know I'm the first one to take pictures of her. I've learned a lot since I've spent a lot of time following her around."
More and more people are taking trips on Erik's boat through Calcasieu Charter Service to see if they can catch a glimpse of the gorgeous dolphin. When they do, they are in awe of the breathtaking mammal.
"I think many are a bit surprised when they actually see it and it's actually bright pink like we've told them. They say 'Oh my gosh it's really pink.' They are surprised that it's just the way we described it to them. It's very stunning to look at. Everyone whips out their cell phones to try and capture a picture, or video of it and of course we accommodate."
Not only is Pinkie a local celebrity, she's been described as a curious dolphin who even swims within five to 10 feet of the captain's boat. At first, Erik thought her coloring was a fluke, since dolphins have pink stomachs and she'd be pink all over.
"I've changed what I thought over time, as I analyzed the pictures I have. Other than it being pink and her eyes not opening all the way, it's a perfectly normal dolphin and does all the things the rest of them do. It's interesting to know things like that exist in the world and it's really beautiful to see that."
Pinkie is the hue she happens to be because she has albinism, a lack of pigment. It can impact the coloring of any species of animal. While albinism makes for a magnificent creature, it poses problems for animals that cannot camouflage themselves as well. That makes finding food and becoming food a problem.
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The World Wildlife Fund has said they cannot identify Pinkie's particular species type, but that there is a freshwater dolphin species called the Amazon River dolphin that is naturally pink. There have been more than 20 species of whales, dophins and porpoises that are white. One albino bottlenose dolphin was housed at the Miami Seaquarium in the 1960s. The Taiji Whale Museum in Japan currently is home to an albino bottlenose dolphin calf.
One albino bottlenose dolphin was housed at the Miami Seaquarium in the 1960s. The Taiji Whale Museum in Japan currently is home to an albino bottlenose dolphin calf. Dolphins with albinism do not have to be white, but can be pink, like Pinkie.
Watch the video below to see Pinkie in action!
This beautiful creature is another reminder of God's majestic power. When one sparkling pink jewel emerges out of a sea of coastal gray colored dophins, it is a true sign of his omnipotence.
Because of the boat captain, now everyone can share in the delight Pinkie brings when she splashes in and out of the water. Thank goodness he had his camera ready!
Sources: NOAA, ABC News FB Image Credit: Twitter/UPI