Flippin’ amazing! Rare pink dolphin spotted in estuary


A rare pink dolphin has been spotted swimming in an estuary.

Thurman Gustin was fishing when he saw it and immediately reached for his phone to start recording.

The fisherman managed to film the pink dolphin surfacing above the water.

He said: “I have never seen anything like it and just wanted to save the memories.”

Gustin told local media that he believes he saw two different pink dolphins in the water on 12 July but captured one in the footage.

He was fishing at Old River Pass, near Cameron Parish, in Louisiana, US, at the time.

Gustin explained: “I stopped and started recording on my phone.”

He said there was also a second dolphin in the area.

Thurman Gustin was fishing when he spotted the albino dolphin (Photo: Jam Press)

Gustin added: “I didn’t want to bother them so I got my proof and left.

“I had no idea what a big deal it was.”

Many locals believe the dolphin was a previously spotted albino bottlenose nicknamed Pinky.

Pinky was first observed in the nearby Calcasieu River in 2007.

National Geographic said Pinky’s skin colour and reddish eyes suggest albinism.

Locals believe the dolphin was a previously spotted albino named Pinky (Photo: Jam Press)

According to the Blue World Institute, albino dolphins have a genetic mutation that causes their skin to appear pink and white.

There are two known species of ‘pink’ dolphins – the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin and the Amazon River dolphin, commonly found in freshwater in South America.

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