Known as boto-vermelho – (Inia geoffrensis). Cetaceans that live in rivers and lakes in the Amazon. Their behavior is similar to that of dolphins. One of the most common legends that refer to the animal is that it transforms itself into a well-dressed and handsome young man who goes to parties along the river where he seduces girls. Before dawn, it flees and returns to the river or lake where it transforms back into a dolphin. In his expedition, Jacques Cousteau gave it the name “pink”. In the Amazonian tradition, however, it is known as the “red” dolphin. It usually roams alone or in pairs and often approaches humans, even when fishing. The other Amazon dolphin, the Tucuxi boto (Sotalia fluviatilis), has a darker back. is smaller and more shy.
Amazon River Dolphin