Amazon River Dolphin (Inia geoffrensis)
The Amazon river dolphin, also known as the pink river dolphin or boto, lives only in freshwater. It is found throughout much of the Amazon and Orinoco river basin. Amazon River dolphins are typically slow swimmers, more active in the early morning and late afternoon, although when feeding they can show short bursts of speed. They are generally seen alone or in pairs, but during the dry season or in the presence of abundant prey they will congregate in groups of some 10 to 15 individuals. According to legend, the Boto, during the day, would conduct their usual dolphin business. But once the sun goes down, they morph into handsome young men dressed in all white. They come ashore, strictly for the purpose of seducing the wives and young girls of local villages and impregnate them. Before the sun comes up, these shape-shifting "encantados" turn back into dolphins.
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