Meet Pinkie, the Extremely Rare Albino Dolphin
Science| | By Mauricio Castillo
Dolphins, with their hilarious laughs and amazing intelligence, are some of the more astounding species of marine life. They never cease to amaze us with their antics or incredible abilities. That being said though, prepare to be amazed yet again, with Pinkie. No, not The Brain‘s friend. Pinkie, the albino dolphin.
Pinkie was discovered in Lake Calcasieu, Louisiana, near the Gulf of Mexico. What first began as rumored sightings all the way back to 2007 has now been confirmed: a pink bottlenose dolphin, a creature so rare scientists have not yet discovered how frequently they have appeared in the wild.
Pinkie stands out with its pale pink skin, a direct effect of its albinism, or the deficiency in skin pigmentation and melanin.
Many have speculated that Pinkie is a female, and has no doubt been mating, though it remains to be seen if this is due to actual study, or a slightly less-than-educated guess because the dolphin is pink.
But, if she is female, maybe we’ll get some purple or violet dolphin babies soon!