Pink Dolphin

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The Amazon River dolphin also known as the, “Botos dolphin,” is one of the few remaining freshwater dolphin species. These unique animals are subject to a wide variety of speculation.
The Botos have many myths surrounding them. The amazon people believe that Botos dolphins transform into handsome young men lurking the streets for a beautiful women to impregnate. This myth was used to cover up adultery and sexual misconduct.
The Botos are not just surrounded with local tribe myths but are quite an enigma to scientists. They are unclear about how many live in the wild, how many species they fall within or why the creature is the shade of pink that it is. One hypothesis is that Botos fight a lot and the pink color to their skin is simply scar tissue. These creatures are very aggressive towards each other which would explain the thick layers of scar tissue. You can see overlapping tooth rake marks on an adult male’s body. Also the dolphins are usually born grey and slowly turn pink over time, the adult male is the pinkest of all the Dolphins.
Botos also have some the strangest animal behaviors. They are a shy elusive creatures that are hard to spot, which happens to be why scientist have never had an exact count of how many are left on earth. But in turn these same elusive creatures bring themselves to the clear waters of the shore in order to play with children. Their lack of aggression towards most other species is what scientists find most interesting. “If they wanted to they could rip those children apart because they are pretty big and they have pretty strong jaws,” says BBC news source Alves dos Santos. Locals report that for over 30 years the Dolphins come to the shore in order for the children to play in the water with them and stroke them. Scientists hope that further research into the world of these mysterious creatures to improve their understandings of the Botos ecology.

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