F. Ruiz

The Bolivian River Dolphin

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Monkeys, mainly spider monkeys, would show up anytime and amaze me with their antics. I saw a lot of dolphins of a singular species that lives year-round in the rivers. The colour is pink or mottled. It was something new for me to encounter those animals more than eight hundred miles from the sea while most dolphin species live in oceans, or only just get close to river mouths. This animal is very common in Moxos, and it is known in Spanish as Bufeo… This is the species that I have called Inia boliviensis.
This description from the year 1832 illustrates an encounter of the Bolivian river dolphin by the French naturalist Alcide d’ Orbigny, who first described the animal as a species. quotedicht