Spot the pink river dolphin

The past couple of decades have not been kind to the largest of the five freshwater dolphin species, the population numbers having diminished significantly throughout the Amazon. Around Iquitos, however, remains a good place to spot these beautiful animals, their striking colour often seen against the slate-hued water as they swim in solitary around tributaries or feed in small pods on their meal of choice, catfish and crustaceans. The myths attached to them by locals are as memorable as the distinctive colouring: the dolphins are said by night to become handsome young man who seduce local girls; make eye contact with one and you will have nightmares for the rest of your life; and beware if you swim alone around these parts – a dolphin may just whisk you off to Encante, an underwater kingdom.  

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