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article imagePink dolphin appears in a lake in Louisiana

By Chris V. Thangham     Mar 6, 2009 in Environment
A pink dolphin was seen swimming with a group of other dolphins in a lake in Louisiana. Despite being pink from head to tail, it is healthy.
Charter boat captain Erik Rue, 42, first observed this pink albino dolphin in Lake Calcasieu, an inland saltwater estuary north of the Gulf of Mexico in southwestern USA. Since then, he has made repeated trips to study the dolphin.
Rue saw the pink dolphin swim along with a pod of other dolphins, one of them being a mother.
Rue told the Telegraph that when he first saw it, he was really stunned to see such a strange-colored dolphin:
"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.
He said he has observed the pink dolphin 40 to 50 times and it appears the dolphin pod seems to be residing in the Calcasieu ship channel area.
He said the dolphin seems to live more under water compared to others in the pod. Other than that, it remains healthy and is not bothered by the environment.
Regina Asmutis-Silvia, senior biologist with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, told the Telegraph she has never seen anything like it in her career. She advised others to give the pink dolphin some space and not chase or harass it.
There is another group of dolphins, the Amazon River Botos, which are pink in color as they age. They live in South America in the Amazon and their color is natural rather than being caused by albinism.
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