Thursday, November 30, 2017

Pink Dolphins Exist And People Are Freaking Out About It

Since the beginning of time, people have dreamt up all kinds of interesting mythical creatures. Centaurs and unicorns are fabricated creatures that people wish existed, but unfortunately, they just don't. 

There may be a shred of hope out there that a fantasy animal of some kind exists. A rare pink dolphin has been repeatedly spotted in Lake Calcasieu, Louisiana, and the footage is absolutely stunning. Have you ever seen one of these before?

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Something mystical has been spotted in the waters of Lake Calcasieu Louisiana, a popular tourist spot. 

"Pinky," first spotted in 2007, has been captured once again on camera. 

Here is another shot of the magical-looking dolphin.

This one really shows you how magnificently pink it really is! Chart boat captain Erik Rue, who took some of these Pinky photographs, said in an interview, "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."

That's not it, though. There are many more pictures of Pinky!

One reddit user posted this picture of a pink dolphin in the same lake. Given how rare pink bottlenose dolphins are, it's most likely Pinky!

Here "she" is again starting her jump out of the water.

While Erik Rue didn't take this photograph himself, he claims to have witnessed Pinky mating and is pretty sure the dolphin is a female. 

To put into perspective how rare pink bottlenose dolphins actually are, only 14 have been spotted since 1962.

What turns the dolphins pink, though?

The National Geographic explains that Pinky is an albino bottlenose dolphin.

They add that Pinky shows two sure signs of dolphin albinism: red eyes and blood vessels. The abnormal skin color in albinism results from an underproduction of the skin pigment melanin. 

Other pink dolphins exist out there in the world, not just Pinky. 

Pinky is quite special for bottlenose dolphins, but a species exists in China that are pink as well. The Chinese white dolphin can be both pink or white. The Amazon river dolphin in South America also has a pink tinge. 

Here's a video of the sighting in Louisiana!

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