Pacaya Samiria Information

Location: Peru
Total area: 5.139.792 acres (over 2 million hectares)
Meters above sea level: 106 meters
Closest city: Iquitos, located 180 km away.
Closest towns: Nauta and Requena.
Distance to capital: Lima is located a thousand kilometers away (1009 km to be precise).
Awesomeness level: “You gotta see it to believe it”

The Pacaya Samiria National Reserve is a huge protected area, situated in the Northeast of Peru. This forested area is distributed between the Loreto, Requena, High Amazon and Ucayali departments, and is circumscribed by two noteworthy streams: the Marañon and the Ucayali rivers. These two water streams are located in the Ucamara depression, giving the origin to the Amazon waterway. The Amazon river basin is the biggest rainforest on the planet and the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve is the biggest zone of protected flooded forest within the Amazon rainforest.

The Pacaya Samiria reserve is one of the biggest protected territories in Peru and was established in 1982. For comparison, it’s about the size of Slovenia, and around half the size of Denmark, Sweden or the Netherlands. It protects various segments of the western Amazon basin covering more than 2 million hectares of land. Quite a bit of it stays unexplored.

The name of the national reserve comes from two big rivers: The Pacaya river, a tributary of the Ucayali, that flows towards the left bank of the Puinahua channel. And the Samiria river, tributary of the Marañon, flows on the right side of this river.

Pacaya Samiria is the jungle of mirrors
“The Jungle of mirrors”

The waterways in the reserve are for the most part blackened by the high concentration of nutrients, giving it its famous name of “The jungle of mirrors”. This offers life support to a large number of the trees and plants of the reserve providing a base to the Amazon wildlife ecosystem. One example of a magnificent creature that lives in these obscured water streams is a giant Amazon fish called the Arapaima gigas, locally known as “Paiche”, which weighs around 100 kg. and can grow more than six feet long (there are reports of it growing more than 3 meters long and weighing more than 250 kg). There is a preservation program set up in the reserve to shield these fish from over-harvesting. The Pacaya Samiria reserve is also home to a huge number of wildlife species, for example, manatees, pink dolphins, caimans, macaws, and anacondas, for naming a few.

Hoatzin or Shansho inside the Pacaya Samiria park
What about the Hoatzin? A prehistoric bird.

We’ll get into a detailed list in a few more paragraphs so stay tuned!

History and goals of Pacaya Samiria

In the early 80’s, the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve was established by the Peruvian government to preserve the vast wilderness, stunning biodiversity and pristine landscapes within this Amazonian area.

Pacaya Samiria National Reserve represents 1.5% of the nation’s land and 6% of Loreto’s department. The Pacaya Samiria National Reserve presently takes an incorporated administration, including indigenous people in management roles. This is a big change considering that before locals were excluded from the discussion.

The Pacaya Samiria National Reserve is part of the National System of Natural Areas and is secured and managed by the Peruvian Government, by the organization called Servicio Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (SERNANP). The main objective is to secure the biodiversity of the overflowed forest (known as varzea) in this region. As of late, the reserve’s objective has expanded to incorporate the promotion of sustainable development of indigenous people groups inside the national park.

Pacaya Samiria National park entrance
One of the Pacaya Samiria’s entrance

This coordinated management style of including local populations has had a colossal positive effect on the general preservation of species within the reserve, with a lessening in hunting pressure and an increase in wildlife populations. When local populations were offered regions to manage, a positive move occurred and many now see the reserve as a solid financial advantage to their region, making the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve an example of successful living community eco-tourism.

Visitors must pay an entrance fee (included in our tour packages), and are just allowed access to pre-determined zones of the huge reserve. The idea behind this restricted access is to shield the natural landscape from negative anthropogenic effects.

It is very important for the conservation of this delicate ecosystem that you, as a visitor, ensure that the tour company that will provide you the service of guiding you inside the Pacaya Samiria reserve has its permit up to date for entering inside the reserve. You can check all the tour companies that have this permit in this link. We are proud to be in that list as allies for the conservation of the reserve.

Up to date permit for RNPS
Amazon Experience’s permit for entering Pacaya Samiria reserve

We can summarize Pacaya Samiria’s main goals as:

  • To improve and extend education about the area.
  • To interest the local population on the benefits of conservation and good management of fauna.
  • To conserve low jungle representative ecosystems, including endangered jungle animals and plants.
  • To encourage the study of the area’s flora and fauna.
  • To encourage and promote the use of natural resources according to the principles of proper ecological development.

Amazon rainforest habitats

The different habitat types found in the Peruvian Amazon came about because of extensive scale geologic events amid the tertiary and quaternary periods. The Samiria river basin sits in the Pevas lake bed, which formed during the Andes uplifting, leaving a topographical depression denoted by soft alluvial soils. This depression in western Amazonia permits the vegetated scene to change into the flooded forest that the region is known for.

The Amazon rainforest, including districts of Peru, is in charge of 20% of the oxygen production for the whole planet. Every year around 30 million acres are deforested in the Amazon jungle (about the size of New York state), not only diminishing the oxygen production but liberating massive quantities of CO2 into our atmosphere.

Pacaya Samiria producing oxygen
Oxygen factory

Peru’s tropical rainforest provide a humid warm environmental condition within the Amazonia region. The climatic conditions are very valuable to the development and life cycles of a wide assortment of plants and animals.

The ancient tropical forests additionally provide a powerful structure for the development of different life forms involving a few layers of vegetation, from the forest floor on the ground to the tall canopy in the air. Plants and animals that live in the rainforest are to a great degree all around adjusted to their surroundings, occupying a particular specialty inside the ecosystems.

This specific biome, or network of ecosystems, is believed to be the oldest on earth. The diversification of Amazon animals and plants are greatly intricate, unique and fascinating. Do you feel like exploring the Pacaya Samiria now?

Exploring the natural reserve
Exploring the natural reserve

Amazon wildlife

When you are thinking about animals that live in the Amazon rainforest, what comes to your mind? Surely you think of river dolphins, anacondas, piranhas, sloths, monkeys, frogs, and lizards right? Then it will impress you to know that the birds have the highest number of species found: Over 500 inside the Pacaya Samiria reserve. Quite a while back, a group of bird researchers recorded over 350 species… in only 24 hours!

Birds of Peru - Bird watching Iquitos, Peru
Slate-colored Hawk – Buteogallus schistaceus

Researchers and scientists also have found over 100 warm-blooded creatures (mammals for example), 69 reptiles and 58 amphibian species. What about fishes? Over 260 species recognized. And care to guess the number of plant species inside the Pacaya Samiria reserve? More than 1800 types of plants!

According to Cornell analysts, Peru has the highest density of bird species per area on the whole planet! Pretty cool eh?

Birds of Peru - Amazon Experience
Amazon Kingfisher – Chloroceryle amazona

Here you have a sample list of Amazon animals and plants you can find in the Pacaya Samiria national park:

Amazon rainforest animals you can find in Pacaya Samiria:

  • Black caimans or Melanosuchus niger (up to 6 meters long!) and also white caimans (Caiman crocodilus)
  • Giant centipedes, including the largest in the world Scolopendra gigantea
  • Scorpions
  • Tarantulas, being the Amazonian tarantula the biggest in the world!
  • River turtles, like the Charapa (Podocnemis expansa) and Taricaya (Podocnemis unifilis)
  • Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin), a kind of prehistoric bird
  • Howler and spider monkeys
  • Boas and anacondas (Eunectes murinus), up to 9 meters long.
  • Piranhas, but do not worry, most places within the reserve where we navigate are safe to swim.
  • Sloths (Bradypus variegatus)
  • Frogs and Salamanders
  • Freshwater electric eels (Electrophorus electricus), these species use electromagnetic pulses for hunting and communication
  • Paiche (Arapaima Gigas)
  • Giant hummingbird along with other hummingbirds, this region has a great diversity
  • Leafcutter ants, along with other ant species
  • Blue morpho butterflies (Morpho menelaus), truly spectacular iridescent butterflies bigger than the size of a fist!
  • Amazon river dolphins, including the pink dolphin (Inia geoffrensis) and the grey dolphin (Sotalia fluviatilis). There is a legend about a black dolphin but we have never seen it.
  • Giant river otters (Pteronura brasiliensis)
  • Black Jaguars (Panthera Onca), locally called Otorongo, the third biggest in the cat family around the world.
  • Amazonian manatee (Trichechus inunguis), a beautiful and endangered river animal
  • Macaw parrots, like the blue and yellow macaw (Ara ararauna) and the red and green macaw (Ara chloropterus)
Frogs in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
Sapo Hualo – Leptodactylus pentadactylus

Amazon rainforest plant species you can find in Pacaya Samiria:

  • Giant lily pads
  • Aguaje (Mauritia flexuosa), a palm tree whose fruits are eaten by many animals and settlers of local communities. It is also used to make artisanal soap.
  • Large cedar trees (Cedrella odorata)
  • Orchids, with over 20 rainforest species present in the natural reserve
  • Caoba (Maena capimori)
  • Uña de Gato, or cat’s claw in english
  • Heliconia
  • Rubber trees
  • Mahogany (Maena capimori)
  • Lupuna tree (Ceiba pentandra)
  • Cascarilla (Cinchona officinalis)
  • Cacao (Theobroma cacao)
  • Huairuro (Ormosia amazonica)
  • Machín sapote (Quararibea bicolor)
  • Hormiga caspi (Durdia eriophila)

The timber tree species in the Pacaya Samiria reserve like cedar and mahogany are very much appreciated in local and international markets. This is the reason why these are threatened occasionally by unscrupulous illegal loggers.

Big tree inside the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
Now that’s what I call a giant tree!

Climate and Seasons

Pacaya Samiria’s climate is humid and tropical, with varying temperature ranging from 18°C to 35°C. Yep, that hot. You can check some average temperatures regarding different months here. The annual average rainfall is between 2000 and 3000 mm of water. This vast protected area is described by the cycle of two seasons, called crescent and reflux (low water season and high water season), correlating to the water levels inside the forested area.

The two yearly seasons are:

  • Crescent, from October until April. Also called “High water season”.
  • Reflux, from May until September. Also called “Low water season”.

So, you might be asking yourself now when to visit Pacaya Samiria?
The answer is: It depends.
The best time to visit Pacaya Samiria depends on what you want to experience.

Friends enjoying Pacaya Samiria
Enjoying some cool weather on the boat

From October until April the increased rains make the water levels of all waterways in the reserve (rivers, creeks and, lagoons) go up. This period is what gave the name “Jungle of mirrors” to the national reserve, where large areas of the rainforest are overflowed. This is the best time to explore the many creeks and lagoons in motorboats or canoeing.

From May until September there isn’t so much rain as in the crescent period, and water streams recede accordingly. This period gives the chance to visitors to walk and trek more inside the virgin jungle. During this period you can also see some sandy shorelines on the riverside which are used by the settlers of the reserve to grow beans, rice, peanuts, among other crops. Also by two very characteristic species of the Pacaya Samiria reserve, the charapa (Podocnemis expansa) and taricaya (Podocnemis unifilis) aquatic turtles, use these beaches to lay their eggs.

Survival skills inside Pacaya Samiria
Survival skills in one of the walking tours

Wildlife adapts without problem to this cycle of crescent and reflux. When most of the rainforest remains flooded, animals find shelter in the highest areas, which remain dry because water streams never reach. During the reflux, when water is retained in small lagoons and creeks, you can observe a large number of aquatic birds catching fishes concentrated there.

If you travel with us you will still do both kinds of activities, trekking through the jungle and cruising it on motorboat and canoes. This seasonal division is to give you a reference for what to expect when you arrive there.

So, are you ready to jump in?

How to get to Pacaya Samiria

Pacaya Samiria’s beauty, as well as it’s biological wealth, makes the reserve a particularly important destination for scientific investigators, nature lovers and bird watchers.

The only safe way to visit the Pacaya Samiria reserve is through an organized tour from professional and certified tour operators, like us! (If you prefer the fancy option there are many companies that offer luxury cruises. We do not offer cruises yet)

Navigating inside the Pacaya Samiria reserve
They see me cruisin…

Departing from Iquitos by road it will take us around 1 hour and 45 minutes to arrive at Nauta town. From this town, founded in 1830, we will depart by private motorboat through the Marañon river, against the current. The trip will take us around 3 hours before arriving at Santo Domingo, one of the SERNANP checkpoints for entering the reserve. Here we register and show entrance tickets to the officer in charge (we get those in advance when you book with us).

There are no jungle lodges inside the reserve because this is a protected area by the government of Peru. On the first night inside the Pacaya Samiria reserve, we sleep inside a typical village house in the community of Buenos Aires. Here we will sleep on individual beds with mosquito nets. The next days are all about camping with tents in the jungle, making this experience pure adventure.

Pacaya Samiria aerial shot of a campsite
Arriving at one of the campsites inside the reserve

We offer Pacaya Samiria tours starting at 3 days and 2 nights because we consider that the minimum amount of days to get a feel of the beauty of this place considering the logistics involved in traveling there by land and river.

With us, you can go as much as 7 days and 6 nights, reaching deeper parts of Pacaya Samiria. We can also customize longer tours, up to 10 days, so you can arrive at “El Dorado” lake, considered the hearth of the reserve because of its spectacular and diverse wildlife. Arriving there is an adventure on its own, reserved for those willing to go deep into the jungle. If you are really adventurous we can plan a longer itinerary for you (we are going to have those longer itineraries posted soon as regular tours so stay tuned!).

If you are interested in visiting the Pacaya Samiria reserve for a rainforest camping tour (and a truly unique experience) you can check our tours or contact us. Our tours don’t have fixed departures so we can accommodate to your schedule. We will be happy to answer your questions.

All of the photos presented in this article are taken from us or our friends, that traveled with us inside the Pacaya Samiria reserve.

Thanks to all of you who contributed with this. It would have never been possible without you. You know who you are.

Pacaya Samiria enjoyed by some friends
Our friends enjoying the view in Pacaya Samiria

Hello wild people!

We have a quick question for you: Are you into bird watching or birding? Would you like to learn about the birds of Peru, especially about birds of the Amazon jungle?

Birds of Peru - Amazon Experience
Amazon Kingfisher – Chloroceryle amazona

If you answered yes, then this post is for you.

Peruvian Ornithology Congress

This year, 2018, the “Congreso Peruano de Ornitología” (Peruvian Ornithology Congress) it’s gonna be organized in Iquitos. This is the first time this Congress is available outside of Lima, so we decided to sponsor it and help with spreading the word.

With more than 900 bird species present in Loreto region (where Iquitos is located), this area is especially sought after for birdwatchers all over the world.

The “Congreso Peruano de Ornitología” (Peruvian Ornithology Congress) it’s going to take place between 23th and 28th of July, including one day (27th of July) with on-terrain training on bird recognition and other related topics. You can check the program here (Spanish).

Birds of Peru - Bird watching Iquitos, Peru
Slate-colored Hawk – Buteogallus schistaceus

This extract is taken, and translated, from the official website:

Imagine a moment and a place, where you will find people like you. The Peruvian Congress of Ornithology, is a space designed for you, for your passion, for your desire to learn and above all, for your desire to grow. Imagine an event where you can share with scientists, businessmen, artists, students and the general public that pleasure for BIRDS that motivates you so much. Imagine a meeting, where you can listen to Magisterial Speakers of the highest academic level, representatives of the most prestigious universities in the world. The time and place is already a reality: IQUITOS, the capital of the Peruvian Amazon, is the city chosen for this important ornithological event in 2018. Our slogan: “Let the birds fill your life with joy”, shows our interest in making the event, a real party. Come and enjoy Iquitos!

Birding in the Amazon Jungle. Iquitos, Peru
Capped heron – Piherodius pileatus

List of speakers at the Congress

The list of speakers for this Ornithology event in Perú is:

Amanda Rodewald, Ph.D.

Garvin Professor of Ornithology and Director of Conservation Science, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Bette Loiselle, Ph.D.

Director, Tropical Conservation & Development Program | Center for Latin American Studies Professor

John Marshall Bates, Ph.D.

Associate Curator, Birds Head, Life Sciences Science, and Education – Field Museum of Natural History

Scott Robinson, Ph.D.

Katharine Ordway Professor of Ecosystem Conservation at the Florida Museum of Natural History

Gustavo Bravo, Ph.D.

Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology & Museum of Comparative Zoology – Harvard

Kevin McCracken, Ph.D.

Department of Biology, College of Arts & Sciences Marine Biology & Ecology, Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science

Stuart J. Marsden, Ph.D.

Prof. Stuart J Marsden. Professor of Conservation Ecology. Division of Biology & Conservation Ecology

Silverio Duri Valdivia

Guía Naturalista – Aves y Fotografía – Perú. Comunidad Nativa de Infierno – Madre de Dios – Perú

Birds of the Amazon rainforest, Birding and bird watching in Iquitos, Peru
Great Black Hawk – Buteogallus urubitinga

How can I attend the Congress?

You can reserve your spot on the official webpage. The price is 250 soles. There is a discount for students (both local and international). If you cannot make international bank transfers or just plainly want to avoid the hassle of a wire transfer, contact us at booking@amazonexperience.net so we can help you out.

What else can I do while I’m in Iquitos?

We encourage you to explore this beautiful city, get to know the people that live here, share some time with them and listen to their stories. Also, we recommend you go out of the city to explore the Amazon jungle.

Pacaya samiria national reserve tours, birding and birdwatching
Large-billed Tern – Phaetusa simplex

One of the best places for bird watching is the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, located approx. 180 kilometers to the South of Iquitos. We invite you to check out our tours, hop into a motorboat with us and prepare for an adventure of a lifetime, camping and looking out for birds and wildlife in one of the most pristine rainforests on Earth.

All of the pictures in this post have been taken in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.

See you at the Congress!

The Amazon river dolphin, pink dolphin or Boto is a freshwater dolphin. It inhabits South America, mainly in the Amazon river, but also in the Orinoco basin and Madeira river.

So, what actually is a Pink Dolphin?

Pink dolphins (Inia geoffrensis) are a species of Toothed whales classified in the family Iniidae and it contains three sub-species: Amazon river dolphin (I. g. geoffrensis), Bolivian river dolphin (I. g. boliviensis) and Orinoco river dolphin (I. g. humboldtiana).

They seem to have some relationship with their South Asian counterparts, the Ganges river dolphin (P. g. gangetica), predominant in India, and Indus river dolphin (P. g. minor), predominant in Pakistan. The pink dolphin is the biggest of all river dolphins.

Pink dolphin facts: DIstribution in South America
Distribution of Pink Dolphin sub-species in South America

How does a Pink Dolphin look? Can you show me one?

With the adult males reaching an average length of 2.3 metres (7.6 ft) and an average weight of 150 kilograms (340 lb), and the females reaching a length and weight of 2 metres (6.6 ft) and average 100 kilograms (220 lb), they will not pass unseen by your side if you are navigating in their habitat. In contrast with other cetaceans, in this case, the male is bigger than the female.

Amazon Pink River Dolphin - Boto - Inia geoffrensis (Pink Dolphins)
Amazon Pink River Dolphin – Boto – Inia geoffrensis

Their cervical vertebrae are not fused, allowing the head to turn 90 degrees to each side. This, in conjunction with large pectoral fins, gives them very good maneuverability to swim through the flooded forest searching for their prey. You can see the way they swim and move in this video put up by National Geographic.

In his head we found quite a few interesting things, so for the ones of you digging this article for your homework, keep reading!
They have small eyes, but good eyesight, in and out of the water. Between 25-28 pairs of teeth to each side of both jaws helps them capture fish, tortoises or crabs. It is curious tho, that they are the only toothed whales to have different types of teeth in their jaw. And finally, the melon on their heads, which they can modify by muscular control for using it as a Biosonar (or Animal echolocator)

Are Pink Dolphins really Pink?

Depends. The color of their bodies varies with age. Young dolphins have a dark gray color, which in adolescence transforms into light gray. Adults can display a range of colors from light gray to pink (varying from solid to mottled) and even brownish.

It is not entirely clear why they have this color but one of the strongest hypothesis says it’s due to the repeated abrasion of the skin surface. Some observations correlate with this theory, for example, that males tend to be pinker than females (they fight more between them, displaying intra-species aggression). Another hypothesis, like the one of Tim Caro, mammal coloration expert from the University of California at Davis, says that this coloration could be to match the particulate red mud that follows heavy rains in some rivers.
All in all, no one knows for sure why.

Pink dolphin facts they exhibit different patterns and colors
This Amazon river dolphin exhibits a mottled pattern

What do Pink Dolphins eat?

Basically, pink dolphins eat almost anything small that swims. They eat around 50 species of Amazon fishes, including piranhas. Turtles and crabs are also on the daily diet which consists of around 2.5% of its body weight every day.

Pink dolphins have a powerful jaw. The front row of teeth helps to puncture and to hold fishes (or other preys). The back row is for crushing and smashing.

After they catch their food pink dolphins swallow their food without chewing. All indigestible parts (like bones or spines) are regurgitated after.

Pink dolphin facts: They eat fishes, turtles and crabs
Pink dolphin looking for its dinner: Fishes, turtles or crabs.

Are Pink Dolphins smart?

We might have heard that dolphins are very smart animals, but what kind of intelligence do they have?

The answer is Cetacean intelligence.

They are aware of themselves and their different body parts, are able to experience basic emotions, engage themselves in some degree of abstract thought and understand the structure of their environment. They learn by observing and even mimicking, solve problems and choose their own actions, even remembering their own recent behavior.

When interacting with humans, they appear to recognize the difference between children and adults and tend to be more gentle and patient with children. Some researchers suggest that dolphins are “non-human persons” who qualify for moral understanding as individuals.

There are no specific studies related to Pink dolphins and their intelligence, but being part of the same family we can suppose that they share most of their cognitive system.
For more in-depth information about the brain power of dolphins (and whales) click here

Amazon river dolphin facts: They have Cetacean intelligence
Pink dolphins are intelligent. Some researchers suggest they have a moral understanding and qualify for “non-human persons”.

Are Pink Dolphins threatened or endangered now?

Yes, they are threatened by many factors such as the contamination of the river (with mercury, for example, by the illegal mining operations) and the increased deforestation of the Amazon jungle that affects many different ecosystems changing the migration patterns of some fish species that they eat.

But the main threat to them is the hunting and deliberate killing along with their incidental capture in fishing gears. A big part of the income of riverside families that live in the Amazon is the fishing activity, and dolphins are prone to damage fishing equipment when they get entangled in it or when they want to eat the fish from the nets. They are also used in the Catfish or Piracatinga, (Calophysus macropterus) fishery as bait, and the increasing demand for the piracatinga has created a market for distribution of dolphin carcasses.

Some efforts in favor of their protection are being made. Precautionary measures are one of those efforts, through good fishing practices taken together by fisheries managers and fishermen to start developing multiple-species management and ensure sustainable practices.

Another measure is law enforcement, as the one put by IBAMA that prohibits killing the Amazon river dolphin (but fails to compensate the fishermen for the damage done to their equipment and catch), or the one made in year 2012 by the President of Bolivia, Evo Morales putting up a law that bans fishing freshwater pink dolphins and declares the species a National Treasure.

Pink dolphins: amazon river dolphin photo
Hello friend. I am mister pink dolphin, a national treasure.

And what about their Conservation Status?

The species is listed in Appendix II of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).

It means that pink dolphins (along with other 21.000 species) are not necessarily threatened with extinction, but may become so unless a strict regulation is enforced in order to protect the survival of the species in the wild.

It is also listed in Appendix II of CMS meaning that they would significantly benefit from international co-operation regarding their conservation.

The Conservation Status is a classification system that shows if a species still exists or how likely it is to become extinct in the near future.

Pink dolphin information: Conservation status by IUCN
The conservation Status ranking system by the IUCN

The Pink dolphin is classified as Threatened (between Endangered and Vulnerable, due to lack of actual data)

Pink dolphin conservation status vulnerable
Vulnerable means a high risk of extinction in the wild
Pink dolphin conservation status endangered
Endangered means a very high risk of extinction in the wild

All in all, the current situation for the Pink Dolphin is worrying, with a high to very-high risk of extinction, more coordinated efforts are still needed for their preservation.

Other facts about Pink Dolphins

  • The Boto or pink dolphin is subject to a particular Amazon mythology. It is said that this freshwater dolphin turns itself into a handsome man when the sun goes down. Some say it morphs itself fully clothed in white, some say with a straw hat, and some other people say it takes the form of some other man from nearby villages. What for? To hypnotize and seduce unsuspecting your woman, impregnate them, and return to the river before the sun goes up to turn back into pink dolphins. This is one of the most widespread Amazon rainforest myths, and some Amazon villagers attribute many of the single mom kids to this Amazon river dolphin. They even tell young girls to be careful about strangers and keep away from the river at night.
  • Like most other dolphins, pink dolphins sleep with one eye open. They can do that by putting one half of their brain to sleep and keep the other side of the brain conscious and functioning. They alternate those sides to be able to rest and at the same time be on the lookout for predators.
  • The season for giving birth to young pink dolphins coincide with the flooding season of the Amazon river (between May and June), providing an advantage to female dolphins and their babies.
  • After birth, it takes between 2-3 years for young pink dolphins to be considered independent and adults.
  • Last, but not least, pink dolphins are real. Just in case you were still wondering.

Wanna see some Pink Dolphins in the Amazon river?

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Photo attributions:
(1) Cetacea range map Amazon River Dolphin by Pcb21 and Vardion / CC BY-SA
(2) Unknown/Pending attribution
(3) Amazonas-Flussdelfin Orinoko3 by Oceancetaceen / CC BY-SA
(4) Pucate_2015 07 27_0586 by Harvey Barrison / CC BY-SA
(5) Boto vermelho by lubasi via VisualHunt / CC BY-SA
(6) Inia geoffrensis by Joachim S. Müller via Visual hunt / CC BY-NC-SA
(7) Conservation Status Ranking by Peter Halasz (Pengo) / CC BY