Like something from a children’s Disney book, pink dolphins are truly a startling candy floss colour!
There are 2 species and both are considered extremely rare. Also known as the boto, bufeo or pink river dolphin, The Amazon river dolphin (or Boto) is a freshwater dolphin that inhabits the Amazon and Orinoco basins. If you are luck enough – you may spot then in Vanezuela, Columbia, Bolivia and Peru.
Although this dolphin is famous for its very unusual colour, not all Botos are pink, and most of the candy-coloured varieties are male adults. Naturalists believe that their hue may be due to scarring caused by territorial disputes with other males.
If you want to get up close to a Pink dolphin – then your best bet would be to sign up for a volunteering project such as ‘Projecto Boto’
Projecto Boto is where you will have access to the remote Mamiraua Institute for Sustainable Developmaent in Brazil. There you will join field trips to monitor the local pink dolphin population. The Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin is an even rarer and pinker specimen, but is only found in the waters around china, where oddly enough – the chinese refer to it as being the ‘Chinese White Dolphin’. These dolphins are initially born black, fade to grey and then take on their rosy coat with adulthood.
The construction of Chek LapAirport at Lantaua Island, Hong Kong, first brought this dolphin to wider public attention since this construction brought the dolphins attention to the wider public due to the airports destruction of their natual habitat. Since then – a charity was set up in Hong Kond called ‘Dolphinwatch’ where organised boat trips are offered around the harbour, donating a proportion of profits to conservation.
You can also see pink dolphins at ‘Underwaterworld’ in Singapore .The dolphins are in a special pool and you can even sign up for a short session of swim and training lessons with them.
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