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Super Rare Pink Dolphin Comes Out Of Hiding After 8 Years

Most people don't know it, but there is a rare genetic condition in bottlenose dolphins that prevents their usual grey coloring from forming. Instead of grey, these special dolphins look pink!

They are so rare that only 14 pink dolphins have been documented in the world since 1962. In 2007, Pinky the rare albino bottlenose dolphin was first spotted splashing around in the Calcasieu River in Louisiana.

Back then, she was just a little baby Pinky. Now, she's about 7 feet long and searching for the perfect mate!

According to Greg Barsh, a scientist at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Alabama, Pinky is most likely an albino because of two telltale signs: reddish eyes and visible blood vessels that show through her skin.

He tells National Geographic that 'it's rare to see an albino animal in the wold'. Many of them suffer from several different health problems including vision issues.

The fact that Pinky is thriving really points to how special she is!

As recently as last October, 2016, Pinky was spotted again after 8 years. According to World Animal News, Pinky fans think that she might be pregnant!

According to Captain Erik Rue, who first spotted her in 2007, Pinky has been getting frisky with a few suitors in the Louisiana lake.

Captain Erik Rue

“We still see her swimming almost every day in the summertime. We’ve seen her a lot in the last few weeks. She looks so happy and healthy,” Captain Rue tells ABC News.

See her for yourself in this incredible video below:

[h/t Science Alert / National Geographic]

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