Amazon Pink River Dolphin: 5 Surprising Facts You Never Knew

5 Amazon Pink River Dolphin Facts

The Amazon Pink River Dolphin is loved by everyone in his world, the Amazon’s river.

A good ambassador for his species, since the rest are also loved by everyone in the world!

But did you know that there is a dolphin species that live in the freshwater?  If your answer is no, then it is time for you to learn about the seldomly seen Amazon Pink River Dolphin, which by the way, you could get to see by running our Iquitos Jungle Tours, either the 3-Days tour, the 4-Days one or finally, the 5-Days tour

Also known as Boto, they are the most adorable creatures in the Amazon, and are amongst the various creatures that one can appreciate by traveling to Iquitos’s Amazon rainforest!

Here we have included 5 Amazon Pink River Dolphin Facts just for you!

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Amazon pink river dolphins can change color.

Although the Amazon pink river dolphins are well-known for their captivating pink color. They can also be found in other shades such as grey. When they are born, they are grey, but as they grow older, they turn pink. Some are said to be grey with pink spots.

Male pink dolphins are more brightly colored than females. However, the color of these dolphins can be affected by factors such as diet, sunlight, behavior, and so on.

Another fascinating fact is that when thrilled, these Amazon pink river dolphins blush, turning to a bright pink color!

Amazon Pink River Dolphin

Amazon pink river dolphins are the largest freshwater dolphins in the world.

Amazon pink river dolphins can reach 2.5 meters in length and weigh 185 kilograms as adults.

This makes them the largest freshwater dolphin species.

They live for about 30 years and are intense when it turns to their diet. This includes over 50 different species, including piranhas.

Amazon Pink River Dolphin

They are the most intelligent freshwater dolphins.

After all, Amazon pink river dolphins can outsmart humans. They are known to be the best all freshwater dolphins, with brains that are up to 40% larger than humans!

Although they are introverted creatures who prefer to spend the majority of their time alone or in small groups of no more than four individuals, they are amazingly clever.

Curiosity drives them to reach humans. They get along well with humans, especially small children, and enjoy playing with them.

Amazon Pink River Dolphin

They are flexible creatures.

The Amazon pink river dolphins are quick and agile because, unlike other dolphin species, they do not have fused vertebrae in their necks.

This enables them to turn their heads 180 degrees and swim assertively through obstacles in the rivers such as rocks, tree trunks, and so on.

They are also commonly observed to be swimming upside down, which may aid in their ability to see the bottom of the river.

Amazon Pink River Dolphin

Amazon pink river dolphins are thought to be mythical creatures.

Amazon pink river dolphins are regarded as mythical creatures in South American folklore due to their surreal appearance. Such a story is about how these pink dolphins, known as “Boto Encantado,” transform into charming men at night to tempt and impregnate women.

Another tale is when humans go near the water alone, these pink dolphins hypnotize them and take them to an underwater city. Therefore, people in Amazonian areas are afraid of going for a swim at night or early morning. And because of these myths, it is considered unlucky to harm a pink dolphin. 

These majestic creatures and many other more await for you!

If you’re interested in making contact with these creatures or maybe arranging other types of tours in Iquitos, we got you covered, just contact us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible to help you with your traveling plans!



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