This extremely rare and beautiful “pink dolphin” was spotted and
photographed by Capt. Erik Rue of Calcasieu Charter Service on June 24th,
2007, during a charter fishing trip on Calcasieu Lake south of Lake Charles,
It is small in comparison to the others it is traveling with and appears to
be a youngster traveling with mama. After spotting the beautiful mammal
cruising with a pod of four other dolphins, Rue and his guests idled nearby
while watching and photographing the unusual sight for more than an hour.
“It was absolutely, stunningly pink,” Rue said. The albino calf’s pinkish
appearance is likely produced by blood vessels underneath its relatively
thin layer of blubber that would ordinarily be masked by a typical dolphin’s
According to marine biologists, this was only the third reported sighting of
an albino bottlenose dolphin in the Gulf of Mexico (going back to 1994) and
the fourteenth spotting anywhere in the world (the first coming in 1962).