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The Amazon river dolphin has about 100 peg-like front teeth for catching prey and it mainly eats crustaceans, crabs, small turtles, catfish, piranhas, and other fish
Unlike their playful cousin, 'Flipper', these dolphins live in the murky, sediment covered depths of the giant Amazon river 50 miles south of the city of Manaus and are in fact freshwater creatures. Captured on film over a total of three weeks, the dolphins distinctive pink colouring develops with age and is exaggerated by the red silty Amazonian water. Swimming with up to six of the nearly blind, seven foot long pink dolphins, Kevin braved the parasitic, piranha-infested waters of the world's largest river in search of that perfect shot.
Scientists do not exactly know why these dolphins are pink. However, they believe that the pink coloration could be credited in part to the dolphin's diet of crabs and shell fish, which have a red pigment in their muscle tissues, and to the silt-filled river water which is virtually impenetrable to sunlight. As time progresses, the pigment gets built in the skin of the dolphin and imparts pink coloration to the skin.
'That involved appreciating that the river dolphins were in fact almost blind and navigate almost entirely by sonar. 'That is why they bob and weave their heads so much, sending out signals to direct their movements.' Believed to have lived in the Amazon for tens of thousands of years, the river dolphins have followed a different evolutionary path. 'The water is so dense with silt that has flowed down from the Andes that they evolved to not use their eyes. 'This also cause them to develop their distinctive pink skin, which begins as quite greyish when they are young, but develops over the years to the stark bubblegum pink colour that you can see.' Read more: www.dailymail.co.uk...
Originally posted by jjjtir
Stupid corrupt judge repealed 3 injuctions to block a new hydroelectric dam(Belo Monte) to be constructed.
Avatar's Cameron put his influence and Titanic-beating popularity to try and block it too, but failed.
Even Hollywood's weight couldn't stop the corruption.
Brazilian goverment has yet another dam in planning stages besides the one just approved...
Amazon is being destroyed, continuous tree logging difficult to stop
I'm sorry for slight derailment of your thread, the events of this week down here really got to me.....
what I imply here with all this rant is that species like this might soon disappear if biologists don't take note and start preserving as many species and plants as possible.