Tucuxi Dolphin Pictures

 
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Tucuxi Dolphin Photos Showing This Dolphin that Inhabits Coastal and River Waters

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The Tucuxi Dolphin, Sotalia fluviatilis, lives on the coast and in the rivers of the Amazon River Basin, and the Venezuela, Guyana and Brazilian coasts. It is both a freshwater and a marine mammal, the marine version being called Sotalia fluviatilis guianensi. The tucuxi resembles a bottle nose dolphin though somewhat smaller, growing to seven feet for the marine animal, and five feet for the river animal. Tucuxi are light blur grey on their top side and a light grey to pink underneath, and are estimated to live up to 35 years.

Population data for the tucuxi is scarce, however it seems to be common throughout its range. Its main hazards are man-made: fishing nets, hunting, poisoning by pollution from gold mining. Tucuxi is pronounced too-koo-shi, and comes from the Tupi word tuchuchi-ana. The tucuxi live in small groups of about 10-15 individuals and swim in tight-knit groups, suggesting a highly developed social structure. Tucuxis are active and breach, somersault, spy-hop and tail-splash. Tucuxis can be seen feeding with other river dolphins, on a wide variety of fish.

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Picture of a tucuxi dolphin, Sotalia fluviatilis, leaping, Environmental Protection Area of Anhatomirim, Baia Norte, southern Brazil, Atlantic Ocean

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Stock photo of a tucuxi dolphin, Sotalia fluviatilis, leaping, Environmental Protection Area of Anhatomirim, Baia Norte, southern Brazil, Atlantic Ocean

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Image of a tucuxi dolphin, Sotalia fluviatilis, illustration

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Photo of tucuxi dolphins, Sotalia fluviatilis, Environmental Protection Area of Anhatomirim, Baia Norte, southern Brazil, Atlantic Ocean

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Picture of a tucuxi dolphin, Sotalia fluviatilis, Columbian coast, Atlantic Ocean

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Stock photo of a tucuxi dolphin, Sotalia fluviatilis, Peruvian Amazon, Amazon River

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Image of a tucuxi dolphin, Sotalia fluviatilis, leaping, Environmental Protection Area of Anhatomirim, Baia Norte, southern Brazil, Atlantic Ocean

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Photo of tucuxi dolphins, Sotalia fluviatilis, Colombian Amazonian

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