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Pink River Dolphins of the Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon River Dolphin, also called the boutu, boto, or bufeo, is the largest of the freshwater dolphins, and like all freshwater dolphins it is endangered because of hunting, human pressures, and degradation of habitat. Its most amazing characteristic is its color, which ranges — depending on its age — from soft, rosy pink to a vivid, almost shocking pink. The Portuguese name for this species in Brazil is “boutu vermelho” — red dolphin.

They also have sonar and whiskers that help them navigate their murky waters to find fish to eat. Learn more about the Pink River Dolphins Of The Amazon Rainforest on Wikipedia and in the clip above from the BBC’s Earth’s Great Rivers.

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