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Pink Dolphins: No, You’re Not Seeing Things That Aren’t There

Pink elephants are one thing, but pink dolphins?

Far be it from anyone to judge the amount of drinks consumed anywhere at any time, but one cannot help but wonder if the sight of a pink dolphin weaving in and out of the water might make one believe that last sip of whatever was simply one too many.

There is only one known pink Bottlenose dolphin in the world and it lives sort of peacefully in an inland lake in the state of Louisiana. The creature has become such a magnet for tourists that animal conservationists are concerned for its safety and have warned all those who come near it to leave it alone.

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Possibly related to Amazon “pink dolphins” (pictured above), this one is an amazing anomaly. Technically an albino, it has reddish eyes and glossy pink skin. It is smaller than other dolphins and was perhaps still a baby when originally spotted swimming with a pod of four other dolphins by the man who photographed it last year, charter-boat captain, Erik Rue. It is thought that one of the other three dolphins was its mother who never left its side as they swam by Rue’s boat.

Rue had been studying the mammal after it first surfaced in Lake Calcasieu, which is an inland saltwater estuary, north of the Gulf of Mexico. In his own words:

“I just happened to see a little pod of dolphins, and I noticed one that was a little lighter. 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. The dolphin appears to be healthy and normal other than its coloration, which is quite beautiful and stunningly pink. The mammal is entirely pink from tip to tail and has reddish eyes indicating its albinism. The skin appears smooth, glossy pink and without flaws.

Surprisingly, it does not appear to be drastically affected by the environment or sunlight as might be expected considering its condition, although it tends to remain below the surface a little more than the others in the pod.”

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The above picture is only one of a few that have ever been taken of this beautiful, elusive creature!

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  1. Lookman says:

    That is cool. I just released a book about a pod of White dolphins last year called Children from the Sea. It is all about a teenage girl meeting a stranded dolphin on the beach – who miraculously turns into a fit youth. I won't spoil it further.
    Pink dolphins that is interesting, very interesting.

  2. David Sisley says:

    Pink dolphins that is interesting, very interesting. I have seen these photos in a different place. Fascinating

  3. Jamaipanese says:

    wow i wonder if i can be the first to see a green one 😀

  4. sir chase says:

    ^…. what a dipshit

  5. Ralphi says:

    All you people who just got fooled, check the date this was posted

    • It's all true, whether you want to believe it or not.

    • ash says:

      it could be real! you never know. Just because the date is for this month doesnt change the fact that it could be a new dicovery! maybe he saw this in an article on yahoo or somthing? If an article was posted on 6,5,08 doesnt mean that its not real. JUST BECAUSE IT HAS A DATE DOESNT MEAN ITS NOT REAL. every day is a day. ANY DAY NOW SOMONE COULD SAY THAT A NEW FISH WAS FOUND AND IT HAS EYESN ON ITS TAIL!!! just because of the day, it doesnt mean it false.

  6. Anonymous says:

    It's not fake. Do some research next time before jumping to assumptions.

    http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/pinkdolphin….

  7. JJA says:

    no it's not a fake, ive seen it, i live about 30 minutes from there. i saw when my family took our boat out on the water.

  8. guest says:

    I have seen red dolphins before but they dont live for very long, we realised it was because of the loss of blood due to us shooting them.
    But they do look pretty and all the water is so red too, but then they sink and we never see them again.

  9. amog says:

    Liar. People don't shoot dolphins, they are too cute!

  10. mjschmitz says:

    BEAUTIFUL DOLPHINS, I HOPE THEY STAY AWAY OF JAPAN FOR THEIR SAFETY. RARE AND BEAUTIFUL.

  11. Phil E. Drifter says:

    Photoshopped.

  12. My fellow on Facebook shared this link and I’m not dissapointed that I came here.

  13. asdasd says:

    i love how every stumble page comment list has someone who says photoshopped. go kill yourself, you are whats wrong with society

  14. photoshop_pro says:

    its shopped.. i can tell by the pixels as i have seen many in my time (H)

  15. Go READ says:

    DUH!! Have you ever heard of albinos? BIG WHOOP! Have you ever seen a white rabbit with pink eyes?/? DUH! Some animals are born with a lack of pigment in their bodily tissues. It happens to humans. OOOH! And NO IT IS NOT PHOTOSHOPPED! Undereducated morons!

  16. ♥ Iloveyou♥ says:

    Thats Pretty cool…