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Amazon River Dolphin


Scientific Name:
Inia geoffrensis geoffrensis
Length:
2.0 - 2.6 m (6.5 - 8.5 ft)
Weight:
100 - 160 kg (220 - 350 lbs)
Status:
data deficient
Prey:
Freshwater fish, shellfish and turtles

Physical characteristics

Has a long beak with stiff harris on it and a prominent forehead. the neck is flexible. Has a keen eyesight and hearing. Is colored in pink and has a dorsal ridge.

Behavioral characterization

Slow swimmers that feed at the bottom of the river.

Distribution

Amazon and Orinoco river systems

Population size

13,000

Predators

Humans

Migration/Dispersal patterns

They migrate during the flood season and are usually resident.

Social system/Group size

Usually solitary. Might form groups in rich feeding grounds.

Major threats

They suffer from ship strikes, entanglement in fishing gear, overfishing, habitat degradation and pollution, mostly due to the fact that they share their habitat very closely with humans.

Research efforts

N/A

Fun fact

Is also known as "Boto".