Cruise goers in Louisiana took in a rare and beautiful sight last week when two pink dolphins decided to tag along with their ship.
Bridget Boudreaux was on a cruise with her husband when she spotted the creatures traveling alongside them. Luckily, she had her camera ready and quickly snapped the perfect shot of one of the dolphins.
Naturally, Boudreaux said she couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw the dolphin. “I about fell out the boat,” she told Houston news station KHOU.
This wasn’t the first time a pink dolphin has been spotted in Lousiana. Every now and then, a pink dolphin dubbed “Pinkie” by locals appears in Lake Calcasieu in Louisiana. Scientists don’t know what causes its pink skin, but they think it may be albinism — which would make seeing two pink dolphins at once an extremely rare occurrence.
Another theory is that the dolphins’ thin skin causes their blood to stay very close to the surface.
Pink dolphins sometimes pop up in South America’s Amazon River. They can reach anywhere from 5 feet to 7.9 feet and weigh somewhere around 200 pounds.