An ultra rare pink bottlenose dolphin known as “Pinky” was recently spotted at a Louisiana lake by Captain Erik Rue of Calcasieu Charter Service, who first photographed her in 2009. Its stunning pink coloration is thought to be caused by a genetic fault. “The mammal is entirely pink from tip to tail and has reddish eyes. The skin appears smooth, glossy pink and without flaws. I have spotted it about 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,” said Rue. Continue reading for more pictures and additional information.
“‘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. I feel very fortunate to have seen this incredible mammal and lucky to be able to work and live in the area where such a fantastic creature frequents. Our guests are always thrilled at the opportunity to spot such a unique mammal and we look forward to it being around for some time to come,” adds Rue.