Friday, March 13, 2009

Pink dolphin draws in tourists to Lake Calcasieu in Louisiana


NO, you’re not seeing the world through rose-coloured glasses: This albino dolphin is pink.

The unique bottlenose - first spotted in Lake Calcasieu, an inland saltwater estuary in Louisiana, by boat captain Erik Rue, 42, in 2007 - has surfaced again.

And comments from heavy-hitters including the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society suggest it’s real.

Tourists are flocking to the lake in hopes of seeing the rare mammal.

Mr Rue said “Pinky” “looks like it just came out of a paint booth”.

"I just happened to see a little pod of dolphins, and I noticed one that was a little lighter,” he told London’s Telegraph newspaper.

"It was absolutely stunningly pink.

"I had never seen anything like it. It's the same color throughout the whole body.”

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