Captain Erik Rue of Calcasieu Charter Service first spotted the mysterious pink dolphin they affectionately call, “Pinky” in 2007 out while fishing on his boat with his company Calcasieu Charter Service. The young dolphin was spotted in Calcasieu River’s ship channel.
Rue said, 8-years ago the baby pink dolphin would always swim near her mother. Now, nearly a decade later, “Pinky” swims on her own and sometimes with a pod of other dolphins. Ever since the day he first saw the mysterious dolphin, he’s always been fascinated. He believes that “Pinky” is one of the world’s only dolphins with this color pigmentation.
“We still see her swimming almost every day in the summertime. We’ve seen her a lot in the last few weeks. She looks happy and healthy,” Rue said.
What makes “Pinky” so unique is her coloring. Rue said her whole body is “100 percent pink–you know, like, the color of most dolphins bellies, but her whole body is pink.” At first they all thought “Pinkie” was an albino dolphin, but after some research they don’t necessarily think so because she’d appear more white rather than pink if that was the case.
Recently Rue said he witnessed “Pinky” mating, so he’s curious to see if she’s pregnant and if she’ll be having a dolphin calf soon, and if so, what color will it be?
Over the years Rue said he’s seen “Pinky” hundreds of times.