One of the most popular, and rarest, inhabitants of the Gulf of Mexico made its first known appearance of 2017.
MS News Now reports that “Pinky” the pink bottlenose dolphin was spotted Wednesday afternoon swimming alongside other dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico. A viewer snapped a photo of the pink dolphin near Cameron Parish, Louisiana. The dolphin was first spotted in June 2007 in Cameron Parish swimming in the Calcasieu Ship Channel.
A 2015 report by National Geographic claims Pinky is likely an albino dolphin. Scientist Greg Barsh, of the Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Alabama, told National Geographic that albinism in dolphins, which is when cells that produce melanin fail to do so at normal levels, is “very rare.”
“Pinky” also has her own Facebook page that has almost 3,000 followers.