Although not unheard of, Chinese white dolphins are an uncommon sight to say the very least.
The recent rescue of a white dolphin swimming in the grimy waters of the Nanhai River, in Foshan, Guangdong, China, attracted thousands of onlookers.
This humpback dolphin species is known to inhabit the waters of Southeast Asia, as well as the Pearl River Estuary, and its breeding habitat extends from South Africa to Australia.
White dolphins change colors as they develop. They are born black, gradually turning grey, then pink with spots when young, and white when they reach adulthood.
Those white dolphins living along China’s coast often have pink rather than white skin. The pink originates from blood vessels, which are overdeveloped for thermo-regulation (maintaining body temperature).
The rescued dolphin is an adult, measuring two meters (6.5 ft) in length and weighing 150 kilograms (330 lbs). It was taken to the Pearl River Delta Chinese White Dolphin National Wildlife Preserve.
While this incident pulls at even the most implacable heartstrings, it should be noted that this area of Foshan marks the spot where a toddler named YueYue was recently struck by two vehicles. She lay in the road ignored by 18 passersby and died of her injuries.
Chinese Internet users are still debating this epic disparity in human values.
Go figure…and be happy for the white dolphin.