Elusive Amazonian dolphinsThat’s why the eyes of rime is different from other cetaceans. If marine dolphins eyesight adapted to catch very faint, rime has some semblance of “sunglasses”: cornea and lens are yellow colour, protecting the eyes from sunlight.

This also partially explains why they make clicks and waving their heads, sending each other signals.

Amazon the action is the largest of the river dolphins. It is also believed that Amazon river dolphins live in their environment tens of thousands of years and go a different path of evolution than their marine counterparts. She is associated with many myths and legends among the local population.

Halo dwelling Amazonian dolphins:

In the folklore of the peoples of the Amazon they appear as the reincarnated souls of the drowned, or like werewolves, receiving the body of a beautiful young boys and girls. Less friendly than their bottlenose cousins, river dolphins were considered the gods of tropical forests due to their elusive nature. The diet of these creatures among other things includes and bloodthirsty piranhas. In addition, inii dispersed piranhas, fishermen use their presence to detect shoals of fish.
By the way, locals traditionally do not eat Dolphin meat for food. In the fishing nets inii, usually fall by accident or by negligence. In the nature of the Amazonian pink dolphins are playful and quite curious. Take care of the wounded and trapped on the stranded relatives, although they do not like to wander in the way. Swim-inii mainly on one or two. In captivity, the social hierarchy do not have.

Inii quite curious animals. Often swam to fishing boats and RUB against them with their pointed snouts. There were even cases when inii helped local fishermen in fishing.
However, despite the friendly attitude to the person, rime rare to find in dolphinariums and aquariums, as they are, compared to the bottlenose, bad enough to be trained. And their life expectancy in captivity is not more than 33 months.
Anything inii attract many researchers and real fans of the wild nature. For example, American photographer Kevin Schafer three weeks removed Amazonian dolphins trying to catch these truly elusive creatures in the murky waters of the greatest river in the world. The difficulty of these surveys, in addition to the elusiveness of the objects themselves, was the risk of suffering from the bite of prey and numerous swarms of piranhas. Therefore, to protect the photographer had to wear durable, comfortable but not during filming, diving suit.
Photographer Kevin Schafer

kevin shafer.jpgОднако, the result of these surveys is impressive. Now we too can enjoy these elusive denizens of the murky tropical waters of the Amazon in their native element. The article used photos Kevin Shafer.

And in addition to photos, you can admire the magnificent freshwater dolphins in the video, which was shot in a German zoo.


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