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River Dolphin or Tucuxi Dolphin
Characteristics
Scientific Name:
Sotalia fluviatilis
Family Name:
Size:
4ft 3in - 6ft
Weight:
75 - 100lb
Color:
medium grey, bluish-grey, or even brownish-grey on top, and pale grey, white or pink underneath
Diet:
Fish, Krill and/or other crustaceans
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River Dolphin or Tucuxi Dolphin

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River Dolphin or Tucuxi Dolphin Description
  Tucuxis are one of the smallest of all whales and dolphins. They have compact little bodies with quite a triangular dorsal fin which is often hook-shaped on top. The dorsal fin sometimes has a patch on the tip where it has been scraped on the seabed or river bed.
Their forehead (melon) is quite rounded and they have a longish beak with up to 140 teeth.
Individual tucuxis and populations can differ quite a lot in colour. They can be light to medium grey, bluish-grey, or even brownish-grey on top, and pale grey, white or pink underneath. Many of them actually grow paler as they grow older.
They have large, broad flippers that are the same colour as the top of their bodies.
 
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