Dolphins are majestic creatures, and anyone who has ever seen one wants to get the chance again. Those who have never seen a dolphin, especially in the wild, often put it on their bucket list. Dolphins are playful, fun animals that live in both rivers and the ocean. While most dolphins’ natural color varies from grey to a bluish tint, there have been many sightings of a pink-colored dolphin, often called Pinky. This pink-colored dolphin has recently given birth to a pink calf, which is making headlines.
Pinky is thought to have a genetic mutation that has made her skin appear pink. She even has reddish eyes, and her pink calf inherited these features. While Pinky looks different from other dolphins, she still swims together with them in a pod. Her behavior is similar to the other dolphins, and the only difference researchers have noticed is that she swims under the water for more extended periods than her pod mates. Likely, she swims underwater more because her skin color is more noticeable when she is out of the water, which could make her an easy target for hunters.
Hunting and pollution are a severe threat to endangered dolphins. They often get caught in fishing lines and have to find new territory because of the increasing pollution. Pinky and her calf are Amazon river dolphins, which are also known as inia geoffrensis. The population of these dolphins has been decreasing for several years, and they’re considered endangered. With the loss of habitat, these animals have less food to eat, fewer areas to swim, and fewer opportunities to mate. These factors all reduce the ability of these beautiful animals to mate and reproduce, resulting in decreased population numbers.
There have been sightings of Pinky and her pod in many different rivers. She was recently spotted in Louisiana playing near a boat. Passengers were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of this rare dolphin. Regarding Pinky, especially with her calf, is a once in a lifetime opportunity and something that should be treasured forever. While this is an incredible sight, people should not go out looking for her because it could threaten her and her calf.
The Amazon River Dolphin
These dolphins are the largest species of all river dolphins. Males can reach a length of 8.4 feet and a weight of 408 pounds, while females can be as long as 7.1 feet and weigh up to 330 pounds. These dolphins typically give birth in May and June when the water levels in the rivers are higher. Dolphin pregnancies usually last about 11 months, and this was likely the case for Pinky. Last year she was spotted swimming with another pink dolphin, and while it was not clear, many people suspected that they were mating. Knowing that Pinking recently gave birth to a pink calf, it seems almost certain that she mated with another pink dolphin.
To help keep Pinky, her calf, and all other Amazon river dolphins safe many conservationists and public figures have asked people to stay away from these animals if they spot them. Seeking these animals out could endanger their lives, leave them victim to boat accidents, and scare them away from their territory. Bolivian President Evo Morales declared Pinky a national treasure in 2012 and created a law to help protect her. With people stepping up to do the right thing and protect Pinky and all other Amazon river dolphins, it is possible that eventually leave the list of endangered species.
The public should do all that they can to protect these dolphins and all other animals, especially those on the endangered species list. Reducing your carbon footprint, recycling, not littering, not using fishing lines where these animals swim and being mindful of these beautiful creatures can help keep them alive and reproducing for years to come. Every citizen should be doing their part to help protect these animals. If you are interested in taking an active role in helping these animals, you can speak with local conservationists to see what they are doing in their area to help.