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09/09/2015 04:21 am ET

Adorable Pink Dolphin Is Like A Real-Life Pokemon

...and she might be pregnant, too!

Meet what just might be the world's cutest dolphin

"Pinky," as she's being called, is a rare pink dolphin -- and a Pokemon lookalike -- spotted in Louisiana waters. 

First seen in 2007 as a pup swimming alongside her mother in the Calcasieu River, she was recently spotted again by Capt. Erik Rue of Calcasieu Charter Service.

"We still see her swimming almost every day in the summertime. We've seen her a lot in the last few weeks. She looks happy and healthy," Rue told WGNO, the New Orleans ABC station.   

Pinky has already become a celebrity on social media: 

Rue told WGNO he's seen Pinky hundreds of times over the years, and that she is indeed completely pink. 

"One hundred percent pink -- you know, like, the color of most dolphins' bellies, but her whole body is pink," he told the station. 

The pink dolphin bears a resemblance to Gorebyss, one of the creatures from Pokemon:

There is some dispute over Pinky's unique coloring. Some believe she is an Amazon River dolphin, which is naturally pink, but Rue and many others don't buy it. 

"I know they have the Amazon river dolphins but those are kinda ugly and splotchy," Rue told Newsweek. "This one is just smooth pink, from tip to tail. It's very pretty. People love seeing it. It's an anomaly we are fortunate enough to have here."

Others believe Pinky is an albino bottlenose dolphin. 

Naomi Rose of the Animal Welfare Institute told The Dodo that Pinky is an albino who looks pink because of the way her blood vessels expand when she his active or hot.

"So the pink color is just blood at the skin's surface, like when humans flush or blush," Rose was quoted as saying. "Same phenomenon. 'Regular' bottlenose dolphins do this all the time too, but you can't tell, because their normal skin pigment is gray."

Whatever the reason, the only thing cuter than a pink dolphin is a baby pink dolphin -- and that might in the works: Rue told WGNO he saw Pinky mating. 

 

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