We’ve all heard about dolphins, but a pink dolphin? Pink dolphins really exist and as expected, they are quite rare. One of the most popular (and rarest) pink dolphins known to the world is called Pinky. A 12-year old pink dolphin that “lives” in the Calcasieu River in Louisiana, Pinky recently surprised everyone when she “paraded” her new beautiful pink calf to a crowd.
Pinky was discovered by captain Erik Rue more than a decade ago. The captain jokes that the old gal is pretty sexually active, so being seen with a new calf shouldn’t be a surprise. Recently, a slew of new photos hit the Internet showing Pinky and her calf in all their rosy glory.
How Does a Dolphin Turn Pink?
Well, it doesn’t. Scientists believe that pink dolphins get their unique color thanks to a genetic mutation. The species is extremely rare – there are less than 10,000 left in the wild. With new calves almost non-existent, the news about Pinky and her calf excited marine scientists around the world.
According to captain Rue, Pinky is fully pink unlike other dolphins with a pink belly. Her skin is translucent and eyes reddish – it’s a truly unique sight. Considering their bright color, one might expect this species to be vulnerable to sunlight but they aren’t. However, it should be noted that they stay under the water’s surface for longer than other dolphins – sunlight may be harmful to them after all.
Everyone who saw Pinky swimming with her calf says that it’s one of the best sights they’ve ever witnessed. We have to agree – although we believe it’s much better to see it live, even a video of Pinky and her calf is truly breath-taking. Enjoy!