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Photos of a pink dolphin have been making waves recently and are circulating on social media, with some wondering if the dolphin in the picture is real or just a product of artificial intelligence.

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A Facebook user shared a photo of a rare pink dolphin and added the caption:Rare pink dolphin spotted off North Carolina coast“The post garnered significant attention, being shared over 61,000 times, receiving 25,000 reactions and over 5,800 comments.

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In addition, the same image is also distributed on the X platform.

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However, we have found that the viral images are not real photos of a pink dolphin.

Fact check

We did a fact check using reverse image search to determine the source of the above image, but we did not find a credible source. Additionally, we searched for news about the discovery of pink dolphins in North Carolina, but could not find any reports from credible sources.

In addition, a representative of the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) confirmed to the website Verify that no pink dolphins have been sighted in North Carolina recently (source).

Dr. Jessada Denduangboripant, a lecturer in the Department of Biology at the Faculty of Science at Chulalongkorn University, has clarified that the viral images in question have been edited, which can be seen from their unnatural appearance. Although pink dolphins, such as the Amazon river dolphin, are found in nature, they usually live in freshwater. These species are commonly found in the Amazon rainforest and the Orinoco Basin in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru and Venezuela (source).

The bottlenose dolphin species seen in viral images may also be pink due to the genetics of their skin. This makes the color of the blood vessels clearly visible. However, this is considered a rare case. In 2009, a pink bottlenose dolphin was discovered in Lake Louisiana (source).

Commonly found in the Thai seas, pink dolphins belong to the genus humpback dolphins. They are often seen near Khanom National Park on the Southern Sea Islands in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province. You can learn more about pink dolphins in Thailand here.

Additionally, we used AI Image Detector to test the viral images of the pink dolphin. The results suggest that the image was most likely created using AI.

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Summary

The images circulating on social media purporting to show a “pink dolphin” are not authentic. There are no credible reports from agencies or news outlets about the recent discovery of such a creature. It seems that the images in question may have been doctored.

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Title:The viral pictures of the “pink dolphin” are NOT real

Written by: Fact Crescendo Team

Result: INCORRECT

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