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Tue Sep 8, 2015, 11:21 PM

"Unusual Pink Dolphin Spotted in Louisiana River"

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Pinky, an extremely rare albino dolphin, was spotted over long weekend in Calcasieu Lake, Louisiana. Erik Rue of the Calcasieu Charter Service has seen the animal several times this summer, most recently just a few days ago, as first reported by WGNO.

Rue first saw the dolphin in 2007, back when it was a baby. "I was coming in from offshore and it was really flat calm. I saw a pod of dolphins and something looked different on one of them. I shut down and waited. When they came back up to the surface, one was pink! It was stunning," Rue recalls in an interview with Newsweek.

Pinky is an albino bottlenose dolphin. When a dolphin is albino, it ends up being pink instead of white. Pinky's mother is a regular gray dolphin. "Very little is known about albino dolphins due to their extreme rarity," National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a factcheck about Pinky.

"I've been able to see it quite often. Just about everybody around here that fishes and spends time in the river channel sees it during the summer time," Rue said. Rue has been extremely lucky to see the albino dolphin multiple times. NOAA only has record of two other such dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico. One of these dolphins was spotted in 1994 near New Orleans and the second in 2003 near Galveston, Texas. The Galveston dolphin reappeared several times in 2004.

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Jamaal510 Sep 2015 OP
Judi Lynn Sep 2015 #1
lonestarnot Sep 2015 #2
sheshe2 Sep 2015 #3
flamingdem Sep 2015 #4
SunSeeker Sep 2015 #5
McCamy Taylor Sep 2015 #6
Not Sure Sep 2015 #7
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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Tue Sep 8, 2015, 11:28 PM

1. Wildly cute little animal! Hope it will be protected, and live out its natural life. Thanks. n/t

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Tue Sep 8, 2015, 11:31 PM

2. Wonder if the little thing gets sunburned.

 

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Tue Sep 8, 2015, 11:42 PM

3. Jamaal...

She is so beautiful. Thank you for posting her here.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Wed Sep 9, 2015, 12:25 AM

4. I've never seen an albino dolphin picture

how interesting, thanks.

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Wed Sep 9, 2015, 12:33 AM

5. Poor baby. Must get awful sunburn. Amazing it has survived this long. nt

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Wed Sep 9, 2015, 01:49 AM

6. Is that a Code Pink Dolphin or a Breast Cancer Awareness dolphin?

Either way, it's cute!

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Wed Sep 9, 2015, 02:11 AM

7. How long before a certain dentist harpoons it? nt

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Response to Not Sure (Reply #7)

Wed Sep 9, 2015, 07:04 AM

8. Don't even mention that creep....... eom

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