Amazon Pink River Dolphin

Pink Dolphin

Amazon Pink River Dolphin…

Amazon river dolphin
Amazon river dolphin by Michelle Bender cc2.0

Amazon pink (called so because of their coloring) river dolphins are friendly and smart creatures. They are about 6.5 feet (2 meters) long and have long snouts and small eyes. The snout is essential in extracting prey from hiding spots. Their vast diet consists mainly of crustaceans and fish. Unlike other dolphins, they can turn their heads 180°, enabling them to easily navigate through the water and hunt. They also use echolocation to hunt, navigate and recognize their environment.

Pink dolphins give birth to single calves, about 2.5 feet (75 centimeters) long at birth. The mothers and calves are known to show a lot of parental bonding. The mothers lactate (produce milk for the babies) for about a year.

Pink Dolphin
Pink Dolphin, Singapore by chem7 cc2.0

They come in various shades of pink, depending on the water clarity of their habitat — the murkier the water, the pinker the dolphin — because sun rays reduce the pink pigmentation. However, when they’re excited, they are known to flush bright pink.

Pink river dolphins have few predators, but jaguars, caimans, anacondas and a few others have been known to prey on them.

Amazon River Dolphins are featured in the following books:
25 Amazon Rainforest Animals
25 Whales, Dolphins and other Sea Mammals
Dolphins! Early Reader Book
101 Facts… Dolphins!

The YouTube video playlist below contains videos about Amazon River Dolphins. Details of the videos featured are underneath.

The Playlist:

  1. Weird Nature: Pink Dolphins? by NationalGeographic
  2. The Mighty Amazon & River Dolphins -Wild South America – BBC
  3. River Dolphin Senses – Ocean Giants – BBC One
  4. Pink Dolphins of the Rio Negro by johnfredeen
  5. Amazon Dolphins by NationalGeographic



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