“Pinky” named by the people, an extremely rare pink dolphin, was spotted swimming with a pink calf in the Calcasieu River in Louisiana. Pink dolphins are nearing extinction and are considered to be one of the rarest dolphins in the world.
Captain Erik Rue of Calcasieu Charter Service, first spotted her during a charter fishing trip on Calcasieu Lake south of Lake Charles, LA.
Pinky was seen regularly swimming and mating with dolphins in the area.
Pinky described as smooth, glossy without flaws and reddish eyes. Pinky doesn’t seem to be affected by the sunlight or the environment, yet tends to remain below the water a little longer than the others.
IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) listed the dolphin as endangered. Conservationists hope that the calf shares its mother’s genetic mutation, which would make a significant difference to increase the rare species population.
In the Amazon River in Bolivia, the pink dolphins swim with the piranhas and anacondas below the surface.
They are locally known as “Bufeos.” They are indicators for the overall wellbeing of the Amazon River. If the dolphins are doing well, then so is the river.
WWF (World Wildlife Fund) at one time tagged fifteen pink dolphins across Bolivia, Brazil, and Colombia to study their migration, health, and genetics.
Scientists are unsure what gives these dolphins their pink color, but what they are sure about is that the dolphins turn pinker with age.
Deforestation is one of the biggest human-made threats making this species vulnerable to extinction.
A biologist and director of the Bolivian nongovernmental organization FaunAgua, WWF’s field partner on this mission, Paul van Damme, believes that conserving the pink dolphin should be a global effort.
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