Pink Dolphin Is So Rare

Posted: Sep 10 2015, 1:50am CDT | by , Updated: Sep 10 2015, 9:25pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 
Pink Dolphin is so Rare
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Rare pink dolphin is spotted again in Louisiana and is speculated to be pregnant.

A rare pink dolphin was recently spotted in Calcasieu Lake, Louisiana.

The dolphin, which has an unusual bright pink color, was first seen in 2007 by a charter boat captain and spotted multiple times over the years. The animal is entirely pink and has reddish eyes. Her skin is smooth, glossy and without flaws.

Now, the dolphin which is commonly known as “Pinky” has been seen again and there are speculations that she is pregnant. So, what color will her baby have, will it be a normal gray color or the stunning pink like this unique dolphin has?

Pinky is an albino dolphin, which is an extreme rarity, scientists claim. There are only 14 known albino dolphins in the world. The reason it looks pink is because its skin is devoid of pigment melanin. It is a rare genetic fault and occurs when cells that determine the skin, hair and eye color could not produce the normal levels of the pigment. As a result, dolphin’s color becomes pink instead of white.

Pinky’s mother is a normal gray dolphin and seen numerous times swimming with her in Calcasieu Lake. Scientists believe that Pinky’s parents might have looked like normal dolphins but they must be carrying the glitch in the gene and the result was a distinctive colored marine mammal. It’s a highly unlikely that pink dolphin’s offspring will also be pink until the albino dolphin mates with another albino or a dolphin that carries mutated gene.

Albinism generally leads to many health problems. The absence of pigment makes rays of the sun harmful for the skin and also has an effect on their eyesight.

Source: National Geographic

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