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Bufeo

Posted on: July 26th, 2019 by Vannessa Circe | No Comments
Bufeo

Bufeo

Oil on Canvas
24” x 48” – April 2019

 

One of Amazon’s most charismatic, intelligent and vulnerable species is the pink river dolphin, Inia geoffrensis, also known locally as the “Boto” or “Bufeo.” 

 

The pink river dolphin uses high frequency echolocation (compared to the lower frequencies used by its saltwater cousins) to navigate through the murky waters of the extensive Amazon (and Orinoco) river basin, and to capture its prey.

 

Threats to this beautiful species include fishing (usually for bait to catch other commercially valuable fish), mercury contamination due to mining activities, and the fragmentation of their migration routes caused by large hydroelectric dams. 

 

The indigenous cultures of the Amazon have myths about this curious creature, some of which claim that the male Bufeo kidnap and seduce the young women of the communities when they get too close to the riverbanks.

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