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Pink Dolphin Near Cameron Ferry Photographs

Summary:
Email claims that attached photographs show a pink dolphin that was spotted near the Cameron Ferry in the American state of Louisiana (Full commentary below).



Status:
True

Example:(Submitted, July 2007)
These are some really neat pictures! We have had a few phone calls reporting this pink dolphin near the Cameron Ferry (La). Finally, someone got a few good pictures of the fine specimen!

Pink Dolphin Cameron Ferry 1

Pink Dolphin Cameron Ferry 2
Photo credit: Erik Rue




Commentary:
These photographs of a beautiful pink dolphin are circulating via email and online. Although some have suggested that the little dolphin has been made to look pink via image manipulation software, the photographs are in fact genuine. The pictures were snapped on Calcasieu Lake by Capt. Erik Rue during a charter fishing trip. An article about the pink dolphin on the Beaumont Enterprise website notes:
When Rue first got a fleeting glimpse of a paler, pinkish bottlenose dolphin diving near Calcasieu Lake, he waited for it to resurface just be sure.

"It was really exciting," Rue, a captain with Calcasieu Charter Service, said by phone. He hung around for about an hour snapping photos of the fair-skinned, red-eyed albino dolphin swimming with a pod June 24th.
There were several other sightings of the albino dolphin in the region, including some near the Cameron ferry as stated in the email message.

Albino dolphins and whales are very rare but not unknown. Albinism is a congenital disorder that results in a lack of melanin pigment in the eyes, skin and hair and can affect mammals (including humans), reptiles, amphibians, fish, and birds. During the past 15 years, there have been three other confirmed sightings of albino dolphins along the US Gulf Coast. A white dolphin, dubbed "Misty", was also spotted off the South Australian coast in 1996. Pink dolphins are known to inhabit waterways in the Amazon. And the journeys of Migaloo, a famous white humpback whale, always generate a great deal of interest.

More of Erik Rue's photographs of the pink dolphin are available for viewing on the Calcasieu Charter Service website.

References:
Rare "PINK DOLPHIN" Photos
Albino dolphin spied around Calcasieu Lake
Wikipedia: Albinism
White out of the blue
Pink Dolphin
Migaloo the white whale spotted off Qld coast
Rare Pink Dolphin Photo Gallery

Last updated: 30th July 2007
First published: 30th July 2007

Write-up by Brett M. Christensen

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