A pink albino Bottlenose dolphin has been spotted in Calcasieu Lake in Louisiana.
Pinky, as the rare dolphin has been dubbed, was first spotted late last year and has become such a tourist attraction that conservationists are warning people to leave it alone.
Not to be confused with the endangered Amazon River Boto, which lives in South America and is sometimes called the pink river dolphin because of its appearance, Pinky is an albino dolphin.
According to Regina Asmutis-Silvia, a senior biologist with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, “While this animal looks pink, it is an albino which you can notice in the pink eyes. Albinism is a genetic trait and it unclear as to the type of albinism this animal inherited.”
“I have never seen a dolphin colored in this way in all my career,” says Asmutis-Silvia.
Erik Rue, a charter boat captain who photographed Pinky, originally spotted the dolphin swimming with four other dolphins, with one appearing to be its mother.
“It was absolutely stunningly pink,” he says.
He has since seen the animal 40 or 50 times.
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Source: Telegraph UK
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