Far be it from anyone to judge the amount of drinks consumed anywhere at any time, but one cannot help but wonder if the sight of a pink dolphin weaving in and out of the water might make one believe that last sip of whatever was simply one too many.
There is only one known pink Bottlenose dolphin in the world and it lives sort of peacefully in an inland lake in the state of Louisiana. The creature has become such a magnet for tourists that animal conservationists are concerned for its safety and have warned all those who come near it to leave it alone.
Possibly related to Amazon “pink dolphins” (pictured above), this one is an amazing anomaly. Technically an albino, it has reddish eyes and glossy pink skin. It is smaller than other dolphins and was perhaps still a baby when originally spotted swimming with a pod of four other dolphins by the man who photographed it last year, charter-boat captain, Erik Rue. It is thought that one of the other three dolphins was its mother who never left its side as they swam by Rue’s boat.
Rue had been studying the mammal after it first surfaced in Lake Calcasieu, which is an inland saltwater estuary, north of the Gulf of Mexico. In his own words:
“I just happened to see a little pod of dolphins, and I noticed one that was a little lighter. 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. The dolphin appears to be healthy and normal other than its coloration, which is quite beautiful and stunningly pink. The mammal is entirely pink from tip to tail and has reddish eyes indicating its albinism. The skin appears smooth, glossy pink and without flaws.
Surprisingly, it does not appear to be drastically affected by the environment or sunlight as might be expected considering its condition, although it tends to remain below the surface a little more than the others in the pod.”
The above picture is only one of a few that have ever been taken of this beautiful, elusive creature!
Sunday, February 27, 2011
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