When drought hit the Amazon, it wasn’t just the rainforest that suffered.
The Amazon is known for a lot of things, one of which is the abundance of pink dolphins in the area. Also known as the bufeo or boto, the Amazon river pink dolphins have been the subject of many debates, with some people claiming the species just doesn’t exist. But these claims were disproved as more and more sightings of the rare creature were reported.
With their amazing physical features and rarity, their existence has been under threat. They’re being hunt, held captive, and force-trained and used in shows. Recently, however, it’s not the humans that put them at risk—it’s nature itself.
Amazon Drought Hits Pink Dolphin Numbers
In 2010, pink dolphins were at risk from the heavy drought that struck the Amazon. Drought happens when an area receives little to no rain for a long period, leaving bodies of water dry and forests parched. That year, nearly half the population died.
Pink dolphins live off crabs, catfish, and small river fish, sometimes turtles. But ever since the drought started, the Samiria River’s water levels drastically dropped, leaving a lot of river fish dead. With almost nothing to feast on, the pink dolphins’ lives were in peril. They too began to disappear.
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Pink Dolphins on the Rise After Drought
In 2011, the dry season that hit the Amazon finally ended. With this improvement came the rebounce in the number of pink dolphins. High rainfall filled up the dry rivers again, rebuilding the aquatic habitat of the fish and other sea creatures. A few weeks later, experts saw a 10 percent increase in the numbe of pink dolphins.
Talking about the increasing number of pink dolphins, scientist Dr. Richard Bodmer shared that such progress is very important and is one they have been hoping for. He added, “They are an important river species that tell us a lot about the health of the aquatic habitat in the river.”
But it looks like it’s not just the pink dolphins that are on the rebound. Scientists revealed that other species like the long-tailed parrots called macaw are recovering too, although there are some that need a little more time to recoup. Nevertheless, although the possibility of another drought will forever be there, scientists believe in these animals’ ability to thrive despite nature’s cunning challenges.
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