Sorry, sea urchins and manatees: I have to give the Cutest Animal in the Ocean award to dolphins. What can I say? It's hard to compete with those flippers and perpetually happy-sounding squeals. (Someone please remind me why there hasn't been a Pixar movie starring exclusively talking dolphins yet?!) You may know that dolphins are the sweetest sea mammals in the ocean, but did you know that there's such thing as a pink dolphin? Surprisingly, pink dolphins really do exist outside of cartoons, and one was just spotted in the waters of the Louisiana River.
The dolphin spotted in the Louisiana River is named Pinky (obviously) and was discovered by Captain Erik Rue of Calcasieu Charter Service, who saw her back in 2007 when she was still a baby and swimming alongside her mom. Now Pinky is all grown up and has her own adult dolphin squad to pal around with. (Even Taylor Swift's girl squad doesn't have a pink dolphin in it yet!)
Pink dolphins may be rare in the United States (they are rarely spotted outside of the Amazon River) but there's a chance we could see more of them in upcoming years. According to the Captain, there's Pinky the dolphin may be pregnant. Could there be a Pinky, Jr. on the way? Fingers crossed!