Marine life is unique and exquisite on planet Earth, and among all the species the most favorite ones are for sure the dolphins. But, did you know that there are also pink dolphins that are living in rivers. This rare specie is on the brink of extinction, but there is a new hope on the horizon when the pink dolphin mom, called Pinky, delivered a pink calf of her own!
Pinky was first spotted 12 years ago by Captain Erik Rue in the Calcasieu River in Louisiana. He described the dolphin with red eyes and smooth and glossy skin having pink color all over the body, from its tail to the tip. Pinky was a regular swimmer in these waters and frequently mating with dolphins, and because of that the Captain Rue considered her as “very sexually active”.
Experts maintain that Pinky is a rare river dolphin who got the pink color as a result of a rare genetic mutation. According to the data of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) the pink dolphins are listed as species that are “endangered and vulnerable”. The population of this type of dolphins is reduced to tens of thousands and their number reduces each year.
The birth of this new calf is a beacon of hope that calves can inherit their mother’s genetic mutation which would help in the effort of increasing the population of rare species.
Pinky became very popular having her own Facebook page and her popularity has risen when Thomas Adams posted a video showing Pinky with her baby jumping close to the boat in the Calcasieu Ship Channel.
The captain says that every visitor on his boat likes Pinky and she is friendlier than the other members of her population as she always tends to stay below the surface more than the others. Locals love her a lot and guests are thrilled and excited when spotting her, all in all, she gives great joy to many people.
Bridget Boudreaux was one of the many guests on the boat of Captain Rue who also spotted Pinky and her calf in the river. They were swimming and jumping around, and they looked so amazing that she asked the captain to stop the boat and make a small break in order to enjoy more the view of these amazing dolphins.