A rare pink dolphin was spotted off the coast of Louisiana, and there is a chance that the young female might be pregnant. According to WGNO ABC, “Pinky” was first spotted back in 2007, swimming close to her mom. Now, she is frequently spotted in the area, swimming either on her own or in a pod.
“We still see her swimming almost every day in the summertime. We’ve seen her a lot in the last few weeks. She looks happy and healthy,” said Captain Erik Rue of Calcasieu Charter Service. He added that he recently saw Pinky “mating,” and there is a chance that she could be pregnant.
The pink dolphin was initially thought to be an albino, but since her body is all pink and not white, that may not actually be the case. Rue says that he believes this girl is one of the only pink dolphins in the whole world. Naturally, many wonder what kind of offspring a pink dolphin might have, so all eyes will be on her if she does end up giving birth.
According to New Scientist, there is another pink dolphin living in Japan. “Angel” is a bottlenose dolphin and is said to be the only one living in captivity in the whole world. Captured in 2014, Angel is indeed an albino dolphin.
“[Angel] was… brought to live at the Taiji Whale Museum. Her telltale vivid pink eyes and mouth leave no doubt that she is an albino and not merely white. There have only been a total of 14 recorded sightings of albino bottlenose dolphins since the first was spotted in 1962, so she belongs to a very exclusive club,” reports New Scientist.
As you can see in the photo below, Angel looks very similar to Pinky.
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The pink dolphin in Louisiana made headlines back in 2013. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, it was Eric Rue who spotted Pinky back then as well.
“I just happened to see a little pod of dolphins, and I noticed one that was a little lighter. It was absolutely stunningly pink. I had never seen anything like it. It’s the same color throughout the whole body and it looks like it just came out of a paint booth,” Captain Rue said at the time.
Do you think Pinky is an albino dolphin just like Angel? Do you think she will have pink babies if she is pregnant?
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