Pink Dolphin Facts

Here are some interesting pink dolphin facts.

  • 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! If something doesn't change, they may be gone forever!
On this page, you learn Pink Dolphin facts, about tours you can go on to see them but I will also give you a link to another page that tells what you can do to save these amazing animals. You can also scroll to the bottom of the page to find Pink Dolphin clothing and other items for sale.

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.
  • As you can see in this picture, they are not always  all pink. Their color varies with age. The ventral and lateral body parts of it are pinkish, in older individuals.
  • They can grow to be up to 3 meters long and weigh up to 160 kg.


Amazon River Dolphin, Pink River Dolphin or Boto Rio Negro, Brazil
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  • They have a long, thin beak and a blunt head, visible teeth, a relatively large tail and a hump on the back (instead of dorsal fin).
  • It has 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 about 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 to 60 seconds.
  • 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!

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
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Wild Pink Amazon River Dolphin, Amazon River, Brazil, South America
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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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