Incredible video shows bright pink dolphin swimming in Louisiana channel
Guess who's back, back again. Pinky's back, tell a friend.
A beautiful bright pink dolphin, who was first observed in Louisiana in 2007, was again seen swimming through a ship channel in her native state.
Bridget Boudreaux says she spotted the stunning creature, aptly named "Pinky," while taking a boat ride with her husband in the Calcasieu Ship Channel on Saturday afternoon.
"I about fell out the boat," Boudreaux told KHOU. "I was like wow that's not a regular dolphin, that's a pink dolphin."
Although Boudreaux told WFLA that she actually saw two pink dolphins swimming together, she says one unfortunately disappeared before she could snap a photo.
"My husband was driving the boat and one jumped 20 feet from our boat," Boudreaux said. "We were just astonished. I couldn't get my camera out fast enough."
According to Greg Barsh, a scientist who studies the genetics of color variation at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, the celebrity dolphin's eye-popping pink hue is likely due to albinism, the telltale signs of which include its reddish eyes and visible blood vessels, which show through its non-pigmented skin.
Unfortunately, Barsh told National Geographic that it's rare to see albino animals survive for long in the wild, due to the litany of health problems they are naturally predisposed to.
However, considering Pinky has been thriving for at least eight years since she was first spotted, we choose to believe luck will stay on her side.