Friday, March 6, 2009

It's Better Than Seeing Pink Elephants: Pink Dolphin Surfaces To Everyone's Surprise

As charter boat captain Erike Rue plied the waters of Louisiana's Lake Calcasieu, he was startled to see among a pod of dolphins something bright pink. One of the dolphins was "stunningly pink," in Rue's words. "I had never seen anything like it."

Since that first encounter, Rue has spotted the animal nearly 50 more times, and he has managed to photograph it.

Along the Amazon, there live freshwater dolphins known as botos, which are colored with patches of pinkish skin. However, this dolphin is in fact an albino: it has pink eyes and a uniform coloration. Other than spending a little bit more time under the surface than others in its pod, the pink dolphin doesn't behave any differently.

According to biologist Regina Asmutis-Silvia at the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, a pink dolphin is something unheard of. She urges the curious to watch from a respectful distance and not to harass the animal.

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