Pink dolphin who is 'very sexually active' spotted swimming with baby calf
Twelve years ago, an extremely rare pink dolphin was spotted swimming in Louisiana's Calcasieu River. Locals named the unusual creature 'Pinky' (of course), and she quickly rose to fame, even boasting her own Facebook fan page. Recently several fishermen in the area noticed Pinky swimming with a pink baby calf, presumably her baby.
Thomas Anderson recorded the adorable pair jumping in front of a boat and uploaded the video to Facebook, where it went viral.
Watch the two pink dolphins swim in Louisiana's Calcasieu River
Reportedly Captain Erik Rue of Calcasieu Charter Service was the first to spot the baby calf, and he's not surprised that Pinky's a mother. "I’ve noticed, she’s very sexually active," Rue told KATC.
Most dolphins have pink bellies, but Pinky is 100% pink due to a genetic mutation. "The mammal is entirely pink from tip to tail and has reddish eyes. The skin appears smooth, glossy pink and without flaws," Rue said. "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."
Pinky appears to be a Pink River Dolphin, a species that is classified as "endangered to vulnerable" with an estimated population in the tens of thousands. "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," said Rue. "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."