Tucuxi

In Northern Brazil, people sell their body parts as charms for good luck, love, and money

Mamíferos de Colombia

Unlike some of their larger relatives, Tucuxis are relatively small, measuring around 48 – 60 in (4 -5 ft) long. Their bodies are sleek and gray, adorned with a long, slender beak and a distinctive curved dorsal fin on their back. Equipped with sharp teeth, they use their hunting prowess to catch their meals. While they inhabit salt and freshwater environments, these dolphins enjoy warm tropical and subtropical regions.

One remarkable aspect of Tucuxi’s behavior is their social nature. These dolphins are often seen swimming in groups, communicating with each other through a symphony of high-pitched whistles and clicks. Their acrobatic prowess is on full display when they leap out of the water, showcasing their agility and coordination.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Brazil
2020
Colombia
2020
Ecuador
2020
Peru
2020

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Pod

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No