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Found: A Pink Dolphin Hanging Out Near Louisiana

Pinky has achieved a certain local fame.

A Pinky sighting from 2007.
A Pinky sighting from 2007. scuba_thib/CC BY-SA 2.0

A celebrity dolphin made a couple of appearances in Louisiana this week. Pinky, an albino dolphin with a distinctly pink coloring, showed up in the Gulf of Mexico near Louisiana’s Cameron Parish, a coastal area that meets the state’s western border.

The dolphin was first spotted in this area a decade ago and has appeared on occasion since then. Last week, Pinky brought along a dolphin with more common coloring and was photographed by the local dolphin paparazzi. Later last week, Pinky was spotted again and filmed cresting through the waters of a shipping channel.

Albino dolphins are quite rare, but there are at least five that have been spotted in this part of the world, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Pinky’s skin is actually devoid of color, but appears pink because of the blood running through it.