A small population of pink dolphins live off the western shore of Taiwan. The dolphins start out gray as babies and slowly turn pink as they become adults.
Until recently, the pink dolphins (Sousa chinensis) of Taiwan were thought to be part of the population living in limited areas along the mainland Chinese coast. Testing has proven they are a unique population and don’t interbreed.
The western side of Taiwan is developing rapidly, with factories polluting the nearby seas and shipping traffic increasing. Pink dolphins have disappeared from some areas land has been claimed from the sea. Though they are listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Taiwanese government has not taken moves to protect them.
This eight minute video discusses the problems facing the pink dolphins.
Photo of pink dolphin from video