Monday, 28 November 2016

Dolphins of South America

There is an elegant little charcoal and white animal of the Southern Coast of Chile -- namely the "Black Dolphin".

Living among the innumerable islands and fjords of that rainy windswept coast of rolling breakers, it is regularly harpooned by local fishermen in what seems to be unsustainable numbers to be used primarily as Crab and Fish Bait.

There is hope that the remote forbidding habitat still houses undisturbed pockets of Black Dolphins.

Two Dolphins, The Boto and the Tucuxi live in the Amazon and Orinoco River Systems of South America.

The Boto is a cantankerous pinkish loner of a Dolphin.

When the Amazon spills into the Forest in the flooding season, the Boto often swims miles from the main channel to feed among the trees.

The Tucuxi on the other hand only about five feet long is  a shy animal that travels in schools just like an "Ocean Species" filling the River with the sharp clicks of its echolocation.

Credits and References :

Dolphins in Crisis
By Kenneth S. Norris
Pages 23-24
National Geographic Magazine
September 1992
Vol - 182, N0-3


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