Pink dolphin video: Louisiana photo shows rare albino may be pregnant.

How That Famous Pink Dolphin Got Its Ultra-Rare Hue (Video)

How That Famous Pink Dolphin Got Its Ultra-Rare Hue (Video)

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Sept. 12 2015 11:27 AM

Pinky Surfaces Again

How a pink dolphin got its hue.


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A very rare dolphin surfaced again in Louisiana this week, sparking a new wave of online appreciation and curiosity about its gorgeous pink hue. The dolphin, named Pinky, was first spotted in Louisiana back in 2007 by charter boat captain Erik Rue. Rue says he recently witnessed Pinky mating, leading to the dolphin could be female—and pregnant.

Despite its pinkish hue, the dolphin is likely an albino. In order for Pinky’s potential progeny to also be pink, her mate would have to carry the same mutated gene Pinky’s parents did that fails to produce melanin at normal levels. Watch more in the video above.

Jim Festante is an actor/writer in Los Angeles and regular video contributor to Slate. He is the author of the Image Comics miniseries The End Times of Bram and Ben.