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Tucuxi


Scientific Name:
Sotalia fluviatilis
Length:
1.5 m (4.9 ft)
Weight:
35 - 45 kg (77 - 100 lbs)
Status:
data deficient
Prey:
Fish and shrimp

Physical characteristics

Has a slender and long beak and a triangular dorsal fin. The body is colored in blue to light gray.

Behavioral characterization

Known to be shy. Is most active in the morning and afternoon, but a rather slow swimmer.

Distribution

River systems of Amazon and Orinoco

Population size

Unknown

Predators

N/A

Migration/Dispersal patterns

They enter lakes during periods of high water. They may have a limited home range, but the size of that area is unknown.

Social system/Group size

Usually seen in groups of 1 - 6, but sometimes up to 15 individuals in rich feeding grounds.

Major threats

They mainly suffer from entanglement in fishing gear, habitat degradation and pollution.

Research efforts

N/A

Fun fact

Some fishermen believe the tucuxi to be a sacred animal that brings the bodies of the drowned back to shore.