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    Default Re: A Pink Dolphin!?!?

    WOW!!! that looks fake!I want to see more pics too!!! GUY, do you want to eat it?!


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    That is so freaking cute!!

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    Default Re: A Pink Dolphin!?!?

    Here is a little more info about freshwater pink dolphins:



    dolphins-world.com

    While you expect to see dolphins in the ocean, very few people realize that they can be found in fresh water rivers as well.

    There are five species of dolphins that make their homes in rivers, being the most popular of them the Pink Dolphins also known as Boto, Boutu or Amazon River dolphins as it inhabits the Amazon River.

    The scientific name of pink dolphins from the Amazon are Inia Geoffrensis and they belong to the genus Inea, part of the family Platanistoidea, which is conformed by the five species of river dolphins.

    Pink dolphins are not the same dolphins that you would see in the ocean; they have special adaptations to their habitat. In fact, river dolphins are only distantly related to sea dolphins.

    They belong taxonomically speaking to different families. The oceanic dolphins belong to the family delphinidae while river dolphins belong to the family Platanistoidea as we said above.

    Among the five species of river dolphins, Amazon pink dolphins are considered the most intelligent of them, with a brain capacity 40% larger than that of humans.

    Pink dolphins inhabit the Amazon River, but they can also be found in the Orinoco basins and the upper Madeira River as well. While they are mostly pink, these dolphins have various colored skins, which can be light gray, pink, or brown.

    The Amazon River pink dolphins conform the largest population of river dolphins in existence as the other four species are extinct or close to extinction.

    The river dolphins are among the most endangered species of all the world's cetaceans. Pink dolphins have been listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as a “vulnerable species-threatened” and recently was moved to “endangered species-threatened”

    These friendly and social creatures have been living for centuries in the Amazon and its tributaries, but the accelerated destruction of the Amazon basin have put them in a every time more dangerous situation.

    The raise in contaminant levels of mercury have caused and increased number of deaths among pink dolphins, especially near gold mines where mercury is used as part of the gold mining process.

    Tthe increase of traffic also threatens these creatures as they are curious by nature and they sometime approach to vessels where they are easily hurt by the sharp propellers.

    Additionally, the noise produced by engines and motors and the sound pollution caused by them, has been considered to produce a disorienting phenomenon in their navigations systems, causing the death of many pink dolphins.

    Pink Dolphin Facts


    Social Habits of Pink Dolphins

    Pink dolphins have no natural predators in the Amazon River other than humans, therefore they are usually found alone or in couples hunting, as they do not need to form pods for protection as the ocean dolphins do.

    While they are looking for food in the floodplains, they are often found alone.

    This behavior does not mean that this kind of dolphins do not socialize, they also form pods of 5 to 8 members and they cooperate for herding fish, especially at river confluences when this hunting technique needs to be applied for increase efficiency.


    What do Pink Dolphins Eat?

    Pink dolphins eat crabs, catfish, small river fish and even small turtles.

    As crabs and turtles have to be catch mainly at the bottom of the river, pink dolphins spend a lot of time while swimming looking at the bottom of the river for food.

    The boto cervical vertebrae are not fused allowing them to move their head up to 180 degrees, which is a great help for hunting in shallow waters and floodplains.

    Hunting fish require some techniques like herding, where they round a fish pod to concentrate fish and take turns for feeding. This procedure is largely used by their oceanic cousins.


    Physical Description of Pink Dolphins

    Pink dolphins can be found in pink, light gray or brown colors but there is not conclusive evidence of the reason why pink dolphins are pink.

    It could be an adaptation to the river life or caused by the presence of capillaries near the surface of the skin what provide them such impressive color.

    Additionally, pink dolphins get pinker when they are excited or surprised, resembling blushing in humans.

    The Amazon River dolphin is between six and eight feet long, and weighs between 185 and 355 pounds when it is fully grown.

    River dolphins are typically smaller than sea dolphins but they have longer snouts, an adaptation provided by evolution, which is needed to hunt at the bottom of the river. River dolphins also tend to have more pointy teeth than sea dolphins.

    Pink dolphins have humpbacks instead of dorsal fins.


    Behavior of Pink Dolphins

    Pink dolphins appear to be the friendliest of all the river dolphins when approaching to humans and some stories of people being pushed to the shores by them are common among some tribes in the Amazon.

    They swim up to 30 kilometers in one day, although they usually swim slowly looking for food at the bottom of the river.
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    From Dailymail:


    These are the stunning pictures of a rare pink bottlenose dolphin spotted swimming in a Louisiana lake.

    The mammal was pictured by local charter boat captain Erik Rue, who has been studying the dolphin since it first surfaced in Lake Calcasieu, an inland saltwater estuary, north of the Gulf of Mexico in Southwestern USA.

    Since it was spotted with its pod of normal coloured dolphins last year the animal has been wowing visitors on the lake.

    Capt Rue, 42, originally saw the dolphin, which also has reddish eyes, swimming with a pod of four other dolphins, with one appearing to be its mother which never left its side.
    Rare albino dolphin


    Stunning sight: The rare albino dolphin has been spotted by excited visitors to Lake Calcasieu in Louisiana

    'I just happened to see a little pod of dolphins, and I noticed one that was a little lighter. It was absolutely stunningly pink', he said.

    'I had never seen anything like it. It's the same colour throughout the whole body and it looks like it just came out of a paint booth. The dolphin appears to be healthy and normal other than its colouration, which is quite beautiful.

    'The mammal is entirely pink from tip to tail and has reddish eyes indicating it's albinism. The skin appears smooth, glossy pink and without flaws. I have spotted it about 40 to 50 times in the time since the original sighting as it has apparently taken up residence with its family in the Calcasieu Ship Channel.



    'As time has passed he has grown and sometimes ventures away from its mother to feed and play but always remains in the vicinity of the pod.

    'Surprisingly, it does not appear to be drastically affected by the environment or sunlight as might be expected considering its condition, although it tends to remain below the surface a little more than the others in the pod.'
    Rare albino dolphin

    The striking mammal is thought to be the world's only pink bottlenose dolphin

    Capt Rue added: 'I feel very fortunate to have seen this incredible mammal and lucky to be able to work and live in the area where such a fantastic creature frequents.

    'Our guests are always thrilled at the opportunity to spot such a unique mammal and we look forward to it being around for some time to come.'

    Regina Asmutis-Silvia, senior biologist, with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, called the dolphin 'truly beautiful'.

    'I have never seen a dolphin coloured in this way in all my career', she said.

    'While this animal looks pink, it is an albino which you can notice in the pink eyes. Albinism is a genetic trait and it unclear as to the type of albinism this animal inherited.

    'It is a truly beautiful dolphin but people should be careful, as with any dolphins, to respect it. Observe from a distance, limit their time watching, don't chase or harass it.

    Link: Caught on camera: Is this the world's only PINK dolphin? | Mail Online
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    It looks like it modeled for Juicy Couture! I WANT IT!!!!!

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    ^I was going to say that Marissa! LOL. It's so cute!

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    Aw, it is so cute. I hope no one tries to capture it...

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    OMG!! It's so cute. I want a pink dolphin.
    That is so weird how their skin color looks like that.
    I think they should breed pink dolphins and sell them. Then we can all have some!
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    Awww, he is so cute. I hope he does not attract to many "bad" people. I would hate for him to die because a I millionaire wants to buy a pink dolphin... kidding, not really.

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    Default Re: A Pink Dolphin!?!?

    The pink river dolphins and the pink bottle nosed dolphin are pink for different reasons. The pink river dolphins aren't really albino.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iheartmjnicole View Post
    GUY, do you want to eat it?!

    DOlphin shishimi sounds good to me....

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    ^^ You can't eat the pretty pink dolphin.
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    I think this dolphin is super cute! He should be friends with Hello Kitty. lol...

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    I wonder how he'll do as he gets older. I still think the poor thing is going to get sun burned. Or his eyesight might start diminishing if his poor little pink eyes get too much sun.

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    ^^ You should be worrying about how the pink dophins are goin to get picked on by the normal ones..

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