Meet The Pink Amazon River Dolphins – These Beautiful Creatures Do Exist

Imagine riding a boat down the beautiful Amazon River when a curious pink dolphin swims up alongside you

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Even though this sounds like a fantasy, it is in fact the truth, pink dolphins do exist and they live in the Amazon area.

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Stretching up to 2.5 meters (8 feet) long, and weighing around 180kg (400 pounds), the Amazon river dolphin is a giant among dolphins.

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These unusual creatures thrive in temporary lakes caused by seasonal flooding, as well as the South American rivers.

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But it’s not only size that makes the Amazon river dolphin unique, not only is it a freshwater dolphin, but it is also pink!

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They are not born pink though, instead, they come into this world in a dull gray color, and the males turn pink as they enter adulthood.

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Often they are not a clean pink, instead mottled with gray undertones, this is due to scar tissue from dolphin scraps.

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They often turn even pinker due to external factors, for example, when they become excited, or things like diet and exposure to sunlight.

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It has also been theorized that the pink coloring helps the dolphins blend into their surroundings.

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The Amazon river often turns a murky pink-red color, and therefore the male dolphins get better camouflage.

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The Amazon river dolphin was finally granted international protected status in 2018.

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This species is one of five dolphins that live in freshwater, and they are in fact related to usual saltwater ocean dolphins.

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One final thing that sets these species apart from their distant cousins is that instead of having a dorsal fin, they have a hump on their back instead.

The Amazonian wetlands are home to a variety of stunning and rare species.

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Written by Joe Kahlo