Bottlenose dolphins and pacific whitesided dolphins. They have powerful flippers and tail flukes and a modified hump in place of a dorsal fin. How many dolphins are left in the world 247 wall st. Dolphin is the name of a group of sea animals closely realated to whales an porpoises. We cannot afford to lose another species of river dolphin. The book uses captivating illustrations, and carefully chosen words to teach children about the acrobat of the sea. There are dolphins in every ocean on earth, and there are freshwater species of dolphins that inhabit rivers in south asian and south american. The amazon pink dolphin, is scattered throughout the main ramifications. Looking more like a cat food sculpture than a silver bullet, it makes up for its aesthetic shortcomings with a genial disposition and an exquisitely tuned sonar system. Amazon river dolphin facts, pictures and information. Children can learn about one of the most playful swimmers in the ocean, dolphins. Dolphin books for kids dolphin books for kids, dolphin. However, many people find it hard to believe that the dolphin is actually of a pink colour since it is rarely seen.
The newly proposed species marks the first new discovery of a true river dolphin since 1918, when researchers identified lipotes vexillifer, the yangtze river dolphin or baiji, in china. Of course, the main reason for its uniqueness is because of its colour. A few botos exist exclusively in fresh water, and these are often considered primitive dolphins classification. This book is filled with captivating photos and simple blocks of text that will make learning fun for your child. The book the cultural lives of whales and dolphins, hal whitehead and luke rendell is published by university of chicago press. It is found throughout much of the amazon and orinoco river basins in bolivia, brazil, colombia, ecuador, guyana, peru, and venezuela. The amazon river dolphin, also known as the pink river dolphin or boto, lives only in freshwater. It inhabits south america, mainly in the amazon river, but also in the orinoco basin and madeira river so, what actually is a pink dolphin. Photo by cindy sekula griffiths the amazon river dolphin conservation foundation ardcf is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization that is working to conserve the amazon river dolphin and its environment through. Dolphins are a part of the scientific family delphinidae.
River dolphin skulls have small eye orbits, a long snout and eyes placed on the sides of the head. They feed on at least 53 different species of fish, including croakers, piranhas, tetras, eels, and more. Add some linguistics to spice things up and a few other characters were supposed to like. The pink amazon river dolphin is one of the most unique species of dolphins. There are a few species, however, like the south asian river dolphin and the amazon river dolphin, or boto, that live in freshwater streams and rivers. Adults acquire a pink color, more prominent in males, giving it its nickname pink river dolphin. Dolphin is a common name of aquatic mammals within the infraorder cetacea.
Amazon river dolphins can be pink, blue or albino completely white due to lack of pigment in color. River dolphins are rather small, ranging in size from the 5foot 1. Pink dolphins inia geoffrensis are a species of toothed whales classified in the family iniidae and it contains three sub species. Here are some facts about the amazon river dolphin. Whale and dolphin species guide there are 90 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises, known collectively as cetaceans. It is a relatively abundant freshwater cetacean with an estimated. This species is not yet listed as a subspecies of the amazon pink dolphin, however many people speculate that they belong to the same family. Dolphin facts and information for kids dolphins for kids. The amazon river dolphin, also commonly known as the boto, is one of three species belonging to the inia family of freshwater river dolphins. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. The heartwrenching truth about why pink dolphins are. Bumping noses with boto, the amazon rivers pink dolphins.
The term dolphin usually refers to the extant families delphinidae the oceanic dolphins, platanistidae the indian river dolphins, iniidae the new world river dolphins, and pontoporiidae the brackish dolphins, and the extinct lipotidae baiji or chinese river dolphin. Amazon dolphin description, habitat, image, diet, and. Botos are the largest of the four river dolphin species, reaching up to eight feet long and 450 pounds. Dolphins have a playful and friendly nature, which makes them very popular with humans.
Perhaps the most popular of all dolphins is the bottlenose dolphin. From the enormous blue whale to the tiny vaquita and new zealand dolphin, you will find information and amazing facts about many of these incredible creatures in our species. The amazon river dolphin, one of six species of dolphin to inhabit fresh water, defies the standard of streamlined beauty that defines its relatives, at least at first blush. The body of this mammal is long and plump, whereas the fins remind paddles by their shape. The cultural lives of whales and dolphins, whitehead, rendell. Fisrt of all, i believe this is the exact same book as whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Dolphins odontoceti are a group of 44 species of toothed whales or cetaceans. An amazon river dolphin is also often referred to as a pink river dolphin, a boto or a bufeo.
One comes away from reisss book agreeing that dolphins are among the smartest creatures on the planet and that they merit not just our attention but our. Boto is a portuguese name given to several types of dolphins and river dolphins native to the amazon and the orinoco river tributaries. They are also commonly found in the streams and main rivers of the orinoco river systems. These friendly creatures known to the locals as boto look like something out of a coloring book, and theyr. Children will learn all about this magnificent animal. On this page youve discovered that dolphins are mammals. Amazon river dolphins have dorsal ridge instead of dorsal fin.
This cute guy is a pink dolphin, and hes one of only a few spotted in the wild duration. The amazon river dolphin, or, otherwise called boto dolphin is one of the five river dolphins and is the most famous species of the group. The amazon river dolphin is the largest species of river dolphin, with adult males reaching 185 kilograms 408 lb in weight, and 2. For valentines day, we decided to do a little research on one of the most unique species. Dolphins are one of the most loved marine animals, though most people only get to see the species that live in the ocean. The botos are a paraphyletic group, defined largely by their evolutionary convergences the genus sotalia is divided into two species. On this page youll discover how this rainforest animal lives, including. This series is known for its beautiful fullcolor images. First new species of river dolphin discovered in a century. Read on for more facts about dolphins for kids and adults. It is believed that the spinner dolphin is one of the most common species of dolphin, along with the bottlenose, though its numbers, at least in australias darwin harbor, have halved in seven.
There are over 80 species of cetaceans, a group made up of whales, dolphins and porpoises. Im a marine life artist, so i needed a book like this one to study the scientific anatomy of each animal in details in order to get them down the right way realistically on canvas. Dolphins are extremely intelligent and sociable animals, and have their own way to communicate with each other using special sounds. With over 100 incredible dolphin facts, dozens of color dolphin photos and a bonus dolphin word search available on in the print version, children will be completely immersed and fascinated by the exciting world of everyones favorite fish. From the enormous blue whale to the tiny vaquita and new zealand dolphin, you will find information and amazing facts about many of these incredible creatures in our species guide. Despite many protections including a moratorium on whaling since 1986, many species of cetaceans continue to be threatened with some on the verge of extinction. The largest dolphin species the orca grows to more than 30 feet long while the smallest, hectors dolphin, is just 4.
Also known as the pink river dolphin or the boto, they are not to be confused with the marine pink dolphins. This aquatic mammal lives in the amazon river and its tributaries. Dolphin facts and information for kids on dolphin biology, dolphin living, your questions about dolphins, humans and dolphins, dolphin books, dolphin videos dolphins for kids interesting facts. We have a collection of activities to share with you to add to your ocean animal unit study including a free printable dolphin facts craft spinner that kids can color and assemble. Pink dolphins, also popularly known as boto, bouto or amazon river dolphin are a type of dolphin species living in the amazon rainforest with bodies well adapted to the amazon river. The amazon river dolphin is a group of dolphins that primarily dwell in the south americas waters, especially in the amazon river. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading dolphins. Of all dolphin species, amazon dolphins have some of the most diverse diets. On average, amazon river dolphins weigh between 180 and 220 pounds. This is the species you often see in books, movies, and when you visit an. Amazon river dolphins can reach 8 feet in length, but they are usually smaller. Learn more about whales and dolphins and what we can do to protect them. In the ultimate dolphin book for kids, bestselling nonfiction author jenny kellett gives you only the best dolphin facts that kids will love.904 1579 274 826 469 1001 1145 1569 173 806 233 1521 1053 1230 1416 1450 1042 1522 454 1029 943 992 314 209 411 307 449 1339 89 592 1129 845 147 1377 1316 1277 1185 389 530