Pink River Dolphins

Pink river dolphins are amazing creatures.

  • First of all, YES, there really are Pink Dolphins! Some as pink as flamingos!     It sounds like something out of a fairy tale but they do exist- at least for now.
  • Unfortunately, like many other whales and dolphins, these beautiful creatures are endangered! In fact,one species is already extinct! If something doesn't change, they may be gone forever!
On this page, you will learn Pink Dolphin facts.
You can read about tours you can take to see Pink Dolphins.
You can also scroll to the bottom of the page to find Pink Dolphin clothing and other items for sale.

I will also give you a link to another page that tells what you can do to save these amazing animals.

First some science stuff-

Also called Boto and Amazon River Dolphin (Inia geoffrensis), it is found in the Amazon and Orinoco Drainage basins in South America. It is one of three sub-species in the family Inia. The other two are the Bolivian River Dolphin (I. g. Boliviensis) in Bolivia and Inia geoffrensis Humboltriana in the Orinoco Basin of Venesuela and Columbia

Here is a video of Pink Dolphin facts. It moves fairly quickly so you might want to be ready to push "pause"  so you can read it.

Amazon River Dolphin- The Pink Dolphin - Amazing Facts from BioExpedition on Vimeo.


Amazon Pink River Dolphin Boto Breaching, Rio Negro, Amazon
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More Pink Dolphin Facts
  • The Pink River Dolphin, Amazon river dolphin, AKA Boto is the real pink dolphin.They are one of the few kinds of dolphins in the world that does not inhabit salty marine ocean waters. Instead, Like most other river dolphins it has adapted to a fresh water habitat.
  • It is the largest and most abundant of the river dolphins. They can grow to be up to 3 meters long and weigh up to 160 kg.
  • As you can see in this picture, they are not always all pink and the males tend to be more pink than the females. In fact, the male dolphins pink color attracts the females. The brighter the color, the more the females like them!

*Amazon River Dolphin, Pink River Dolphin or Boto Rio Negro, Brazil
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  • They have a long, thin beak, blunt head, visible teeth, a relatively large tail and a hump on the back (instead of a dorsal fin).
  • They have  very small eyes and can't see very well in the murky water.
  • Instead, these dolphins rely on hearing and use a very sensitive echolocation system to get a picture of their surroundings.
  • They have a very flexible neck, so they can turn their heads 180 degrees to follow their prey.
  • To vary the pattern of their sonar signal, they can change the shape of their melon, (the top of their head) to perfectly locate their prey.
  • And, they surface to breathe every 30-60 seconds.

What do Pink Dolphins Eat?

  • Pink Dolphins catch catfish, heavily scaled fish, and even piranhas. They use their long beaks to root around in the river mud for crustaceans and small turtles. And sometimes they even eat frogs!
Save the Dolphins
  • As mentioned before, The Pink Dolphin's survival is at stake. Many river dolphins are endangered by pollution, overfishing, hunting, getting trapped in fishing nets and getting injured by river boats and habitat loss.
  • We all need to do our part to ensure their suvival. Please visit my Save the Dolphins
    page to see what you can do to help these and other dolphins!

Dolphin Watching Tours

If you want to see Pink Dolphins, you may have to travel a long ways unless you live by the Amazon River or Hong Kong!

However, here are tours and cruises that
include watching Botos in their itinerary.

Pink River Dolphin Tours (Amazon)

Wild Pink Amazon River Dolphin, Amazon River, Brazil, South America
Wild Pink Amazon...
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Wild Pink Amazon River Dolphin, Amazon River, Brazil, South America
Wild Pink Amazon...
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Another Pink River Dolphin is the Indo Pacific Humpback Dolphin (Sousa Chinensis).
These are found in the Pearl River Delta between Hong Kong and Macau and these dolphins are even more pink than the Botos! If you are planning a trip to Hong Kong, there is a tour tailored specifically for watching these dolphins!

Pink River Dolphin Tour (Hong Kong)

If you would like any of the pictures on my site as a poster, just click on the picture you like. It will link you to All Posters where you can purchase your own!

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