Charter boat captain Eric Rue was the first to notice a pink dolphin in the waters of Lake Calcasieu in Louisiana eight years ago. Since then, he’s seen “Pinky” hundreds of times and watched her grow from a calf with her mother to more recently with her pod. He believes he saw Pinky mating, which could mean the unusual dolphin is pregnant!
“We still see her swimming almost every day in the summertime. We’ve seen her a lot in the last few weeks. She looks happy and healthy,” Rue told WGNO News.
Many scientists originally thought Pinky was an albino, but some now believe her pigmentation is because of a rare genetic condition. Either way, Pinky is one of a handful of known pink dolphins in the world.
As for what color her offspring will be? Well, there is no way of knowing for certain if she’s pregnant until next year (dolphins give birth after 12 months). Until then, we’ll have to wait and see if her baby possibly inherits her unique color!
Over the years, tourists often visit Lake Calcasieu and go out with charter tours in the hopes of spotting “Pinky” and some are lucky enough to see her.