While there have been pink bottlenosed dolphins spotted in South America, this is the first one to inhabit a saltwater lake in Louisiana and conservationists are concerned about too many tourists scaring the dolphin.
Regina Asmutis-Silvia, senior biologist with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, said: "I have never seen a dolphin colored in this way in all my career. "It is a truly beautiful dolphin but people should be careful, as with any dolphins, to respect it - observe from a distance, limit their time watching, don't chase or harass it.
The dolphin can be found swimming the waters of the Calcasieu shipping channel which feeds into the larger Lake Charles. Charter boats and services are plentiful but we really don't want to encourage anyone to go on Pink Dolphin-Watching trips.
Oh, there's one teeny tiny detail that we forgot to mention. Because of its albinism the dolphin has reddish eyes. Hmmm...we think biologists and animal-rights activists should promote this pink dolphin as less Elle Woods and more, Demon Dolphin. That might be a more effective way of protecting the animals from tourists.
Or they could just copy a move out of the airlines playbook and charge 'em fees. $15 for the first picture, $25 for the second picture....
[Photo: Erik Carter; Telegraph UK]