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Pink Freshwater dolphin

Inia geoffrensis


pink, largest river dolphin


freshwater Amazon basin


I did a 10 day tour in the Amazon from Manaus. I spent 3 days at a lodge and then 7 days with just 2 guides and myself. On our last night we set up camp along a river and 2 dolphins hung around in front of camp. We were seeing them often on the main river but this time I could hear them breathing and snorting and even saw them mating! The second photo shows one of them with a fish surrounded by vegetation, in its mouth.

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40 Comments (1–25)

Sckel 9 years ago


Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 9 years ago

Thanks J, cool blog! Thanks Joshua.

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

DUDE!! That is so ridiculous! pink dolphins... who knew? not me.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Congratulations, Dan your fantastic pink dolphins were featured in my Project Noah blog post today!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

Thanks Scott!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

I wouldn't go that far Smith, still a lot to see, but thanks and thank you Lauren.

LaurenZarate 10 years ago

They really are bright pink. Very cool.

Smith'sZoo 10 years ago

Wow Dan, you really have seen it all!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago


zapabio 10 years ago

você minha a missão que crie só com mamíferos do Brasil? coloca essa foto lá! Obrigado

Have you seen my new mission with mammals from Brazil? enter it! Thanks

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

Thanks Karina and Mandy. Yes, it was incredible! I had seen freshwater dolphins a few times in different countries but the time I got these photos was the best and most intimate experience I had with them.

Mandy Hollman
Mandy Hollman 10 years ago

Awesome! That must have been an incredible experience.

Tomas muy buenas fotografías!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

Yes, Cherrey, there are freshwater dolphins in the Amazon and SE Asia. I saw the website for Sentosa. I couldn't find what type of dolphins were there but from one of the photos they do look a bit pink.

iamcherreymaiya 10 years ago

This is reallly strange. It is the first time that i knew about river dolphins. Are they the same kind that are on show in Sentosa Singapore?

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

Thanks a lot!

TigerShark76 10 years ago

That is a AMAZING spotting. Reminds me of the Lipotes Vexillifer or Baiji.

LealikiKanoa 10 years ago

This is AMAZING!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 10 years ago


Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

Thanks Wendy! Will do!

achmmad 10 years ago

A big pinky toy! Never see something like that one before. Keep up good work, Dan!

Chris Carille
Chris Carille 11 years ago

Unfortunately, no. I was budget cut at the end of last year and haven't been able to find a job in the teaching or zoological fields. Gives me plenty of time for photos, but no money to travel.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

Sounds like a good idea Chris. Are you back teaching for the year now?

Chris Carille
Chris Carille 11 years ago

Yeah I need to get there. I've been on the Peruvian side, but I have to do a Brazilian trip. I just gotta do all the planning... ideally I'd like to go in a small group and just camp the entire time and hike.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

Thanks Janson.
@Chris, I know you travel a lot from your spottings. Time to sacrifice that arm and make the Amazon your next destination!

Dan Doucette
Spotted by
Dan Doucette

Amazonas, Brazil

Spotted on Feb 17, 2010
Submitted on Apr 17, 2011

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