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!
this page, you will learn Pink Dolphin
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
some science stuff-
Boto and Amazon
River Dolphin (Inia
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.
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Pink Dolphin Facts
The Pink River Dolphin, Amazon river dolphin, AKA Boto
is the real pink dolphin.They are one of the few kinds
dolphins in the world that does not inhabit salty marine
waters. Instead, Like most
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!
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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
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
beaks to root around in the river mud for crustaceans and small
turtles. And sometimes they even eat frogs!
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
We all need to do our part to
ensure their suvival. Please
visit my Save
page to see what you can do to help these and other
Dolphin Watching Tours
If you want to see
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.
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!