Dolphins are universally loved and adored animals but most people are probably not aware of the existence of rare pink dolphins. One of these dolphins is called Pinky and she just gave birth to little pink calf early 2017.
Pinky got her pink color from a rare genetic mutation and according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) the species are “endangered to vulnerable”. Its population is decreasing and there are only tens of thousands of them left. The birth of the calf gives us hope that these dolphins will perhaps inherit their mother’s genetic mutation, which would increase the population of the species.
Twelve years ago captain Erik Rue spotted Pinky in the Calcasieu River in Louisiana. Captain Rue explained that Pinky’s skin is smooth and glossy; she’s completely pink from tail to tip and has red eyes. He noticed her frequently in the area and saw that she was regularly mating with other dolphins. Although Pinky isn’t affected by the sunlight or environment as much than other members of the pod, she does have the tendency to stay below the surface a lot more than the others. The locals and guests enjoy the sight of Pinky and are amazed by the opportunity to see such a wonderful rare creature.
A person named Thomas Adams posted the video of Pinky and her baby on Pinky’s Facebook page. The video shows the mother and baby jumping close to the boat in the Calcasieu River.