Captain Erik Rue of Calcasieu Charter Service first spotted the mysterious pink dolphin they affectionately call, “Pinky” in 2007 out while fishing on his boat with his company Calcasieu Charter Service. The young dolphin was spotted in Calcasieu River’s ship channel.
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 said.
What makes “Pinky” so unique is her coloring. Rue said her whole body is “100 percent pink–you know, like, the color of most dolphins bellies, but her whole body is pink.” At first they all thought “Pinkie” was an albino dolphin, but after some research they don’t necessarily think so because she’d appear more white rather than pink if that was the case.
Recently Rue said he witnessed “Pinky” mating, so he’s curious to see if she’s pregnant and if she’ll be having a dolphin calf soon, and if so, what color will it be?
Over the years Rue said he’s seen “Pinky” hundreds of times.
When he first photographed Pinky in 2009, Mr Rue described seeing a ‘stunningly pink’ baby dolphin.
He said at the time: ‘The mammal is entirely pink from tip to tail and has reddish eyes. The skin appears smooth, glossy pink and without flaws.
‘I have spotted it about 40 to 50 times in the time since the original sighting as it has apparently taken up residence with its family in the Calcasieu Ship Channel.
‘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.’
Mr Rue added: ‘I feel very fortunate to have seen this incredible mammal and lucky to be able to work and live in the area where such a fantastic creature frequents.
‘Our guests are always thrilled at the opportunity to spot such a unique mammal and we look forward to it being around for some time to come.’