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Pretty Pink Dolphins Lurk In The Amazon River

Kat Zhou won Underwater Photographer Of The Year 2023 with this image of a cerise cetacean.

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Rachael Funnell

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Rachael Funnell

Writer & Senior Digital Producer

Rachael is a writer and digital content producer at IFLScience with a Zoology degree from the University of Southampton, UK, and a nose for novelty animal stories.

Writer & Senior Digital Producer

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The Amazon's pink river dolphin

Barbie, who?

Image credit: © Kat Zhou/UPY2023

This article first appeared in Issue 9 of our free digital magazine CURIOUS.

In the murky waters of the Amazon lurk strange, toothed whales with long, narrow snouts and pink skin.

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They start their lives gray but as they age more blood shows through, deepening the color, which also flushes pink when they’re excited.

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Kat Zhou was judged Underwater Photographer Of The Year 2023 for her photo entitled Boto Encantado. There’s a legend that these dolphins, known as “botos”, turn into handsome men called “boto encantado” to seduce women, hence the name.

CURIOUS magazine is a digital magazine from IFLScience featuring interviews, experts, deep dives, fun facts, news, book excerpts, and much more. Issue 12 is out now


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