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Amazon River dolphin (Boto)

Pink dolphins

Amazon River dolphin (Boto)

Pink dolphins

There are two species of “pink” dolphins that are found in very different parts of the world. Pink Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin The Amazon River dolphin inhabits the murky waters of the Amazon rainforest and other rivers in the region. Adult Amazon River dolphins turn pink or pinkish-grey as they mature, with males being both bigger…

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Orcas

What is an orca pod?

Orcas are highly social creatures and at the very heart of this is the orca mother forming the maternal group or matriline. Beyond this is a series of extended groups called pods, clans and communities. A typical matriline consists of an older female or ‘matriarch’ and her male and female descendants. Adult sons will stay…

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Are whales mammals or fish?

Whales, along with dolphins and porpoises, are warm-blooded mammals and breathe air like humans do. There are some significant differences between whales and fish: Whales are warm blooded. Fish are cold blooded. Whales breathe air through lungs. Fish use gills to extract air from water. Whales give birth to live young. Most fish (with some…

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What is a cetacean?

Cetacean is the word used to describe all 90 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises. Cetacean has its origins in Latin (Cetus) referring to a large sea creature and Greek (Ketos) meaning whale or sea monster. Having evolved around 50 million years ago, today they are separated into two distinct types – Mysticeti (baleen whales)…

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Risso's dolphins

Which whales and dolphins live in the UK?

Around 28 different species of whales and dolphins have been seen around the UK coastline. Some of these have only been recorded a few times while others are seen more regularly. Sometimes we also get unexpected visits from species that are not usually found here, such as the beluga whale that visited the Thames in…

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Blue whale

Facts about blue whales

Blue whales are the largest creature ever to have lived on Earth. Here are some amazing facts and figures about these incredible whales. How big is a blue whale? Blue whales are the largest animals to have ever lived – even bigger than the dinosaurs! But just how big are they? Blue whales can grow…

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