A very rare and incredibly beautiful pink bottlenose dolphin was recently spotted in Louisiana waters, as it resurfaced for boaters’ delight. The first time this superb creature was spotted by the man who reported seeing it was eight years ago, in the Calcasieu River.
It was Erik Rue, a boat captain that was sailing in the area that first saw the female Pinkie, which was mating in the area. He took many pictures of her as soon as he set eyes on her.
“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 spend a lot of time following her around,” he said.
He also told the reporters that he first saw a dolphin of the kind in 2007, when he was sailing with four other people.
Ever since then, Pinkie became famous and Rue had the chance to make business of it, having many people coming on his boat in the hope of catching sight of this rare sea creature.
Pink dolphins are not at all shy and would even swim closer than 10 feet around people’s boats. People are usually very surprised to see that they are indeed of a very intense pink color.
While researchers are not entirely sure how these mammals got to be so pink, one theory states that they might actually be albinos. The fact that their eyes are reddish and that their blood vessels can clearly be seen through their very thin pale skin, stands as proof that they actually don’t have a pigment, according to Greg Barsh, who is a researcher at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology located in Alabama.
Pinkie’s parents were most likely normal-looking bottlenose dolphins which carried a type of genetic mutation. When these combined, the newly born dolphin did not have a pigment.
Nevertheless, they are definitely a very rare sight, because there are very few such dolphins out there. For instance, only two pink dolphins have ever been spotted in the Gulf of Mexico and a total of 14 have been seen all over the world. This makes Captain Rue a very lucky man.
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