Barbie Dolphin
March 6, 2009 3:39 AM   Subscribe

Albino Dolphins are pink.
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Is it wrong this makes me want to color coordinate animals?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:44 AM on March 6, 2009 [1 favorite]

I said "wow"--and meant it. Neat!
posted by maxwelton at 3:48 AM on March 6, 2009

posted by brevator at 3:58 AM on March 6, 2009

Do pink dolphins love blue dolphins?
posted by twoleftfeet at 4:09 AM on March 6, 2009

Missing the euphemism tag.
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 4:18 AM on March 6, 2009

posted by gman at 4:20 AM on March 6, 2009

That's one bad sunburn.
posted by PenDevil at 4:25 AM on March 6, 2009

I cringed.

I love bottlenose dolphins (I think they're incredibly elegant and intelligent), but I tend to dislike the colour pink. In small hints, it's alright, and it can be useful to call attention to something (e.g. post-it notes, highlighter, TPS' awesome profile), but most shades of pink tend to turn me off.

I guess it's good to know that "anger at colour" > "adoration for animal"? Meh.

Cool find though. Wonder how the difference in outer appearance affects the way the rest of the pod treats it. And if it's the only albino in existence - what happened? Why now, after millennia?
posted by Phire at 4:29 AM on March 6, 2009

Made me think of this, naturally.
posted by palidor at 4:36 AM on March 6, 2009 [1 favorite]

This is way off the charts as daughter-ready projects go.
posted by fourcheesemac at 4:42 AM on March 6, 2009 [1 favorite]

I wonder if he/she'll last in the wild. (Sorry, I'm a party pooper) But from what I understand, dolphin colorings are so because it helps camouflage them in the water. Or since it's living in a lake it doesn't have any natural predators?
posted by like_neon at 5:02 AM on March 6, 2009

I hope all dolphins, regardless of color, are welcome on Green Dolphin Street.
posted by elmer benson at 5:04 AM on March 6, 2009 [2 favorites]

On second thought, I think they have now realized our weakness for The Cute and this is the beginning of how dolphins take over the world. I knew they were smart but I didn't expect this time to come so soon.
posted by like_neon at 5:13 AM on March 6, 2009 [1 favorite]

Armageddon is upon us people WAKE THE FUCK UP
posted by Potomac Avenue at 5:37 AM on March 6, 2009

There are pink dolphins in Hong Kong. They aren't albino, but they aren't too pink either, unless they are young. However, because of development (Di$ney and airport) and pollution, they are becoming extinct.
posted by typewriter at 5:45 AM on March 6, 2009

Thanks, this is great. It really rounds out that bender I just went on to wake up and see pink dolphins in the morning...
posted by Avelwood at 6:12 AM on March 6, 2009

Dolphins are swell, but these look eerily fetal. Like they haven't had enough time to cook. But nothing damages a dolphin's reputation for sleek awesomeness like a river dolphin.
posted by zoomorphic at 6:21 AM on March 6, 2009

I misread "Albini dolphin" and wondered what the fuck kind of crazy project Steve was working on now...

Good stuff. I *skweee!*d over the cuteness.
posted by notsnot at 6:27 AM on March 6, 2009

Some Amazon river dolphins are pink but they're hardly cute. Well, maybe the baby is.
posted by hydrophonic at 7:12 AM on March 6, 2009

Albinism in dolphins may be a beneficial mutation. The survival of many species in the future may depend on their level of cuteness and ability to tug at the heartstrings of people and raise cash for wildlife preservation groups.
posted by Vectorcon Systems at 8:37 AM on March 6, 2009 [2 favorites]

posted by JoanArkham at 8:53 AM on March 6, 2009 [2 favorites]

It's like the My Little Pony of dolphins.
posted by Evangeline at 11:59 AM on March 6, 2009

I've been to see the pink dolphins in Hong Kong. They are basically penned into a tiny marine reserve by shipping lanes and sewage run off. They are quite pink, though not as much as this albino dolphin. I think the Hong Kong dolphin spotter said that the females are more pink than the males, and that they get extra pink during oestrous when they have more blood flow to their skin.
posted by roofus at 12:02 PM on March 6, 2009

Is this where I complain about seeing that stupid "I lost 31 lbs in 3 months" ad? Because I REALLY HATE IT.
posted by lunit at 1:50 PM on March 6, 2009

Also, cool dolphin.
posted by lunit at 1:50 PM on March 6, 2009

Ha ha! How can you say that Amazon dolphin is not cute! Lookit his fat rolls! That lumpy head! That ridiculous snout!

'izzsu bizzsu a dolphy-wolphy den?'
posted by Catch at 3:14 PM on March 6, 2009

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