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The Manatee: Largest Resident of the Amazon River

Mar 22, 11 The Manatee: Largest Resident of the Amazon River

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The life of a Peixe Boi (sea cow or Trichechus manatus in scientific language) is rather laid back. This docile and inoffensive creature spends about a third of each day feeding on various water plants growing in the deep Amazon waterways. It usually swims alone but sometimes meets with others at warm swimming holes or rich feeding...

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The Souring Tuiuiu (Jaburu Stork), South America’s Largest Wingspan

Jun 20, 09 The Souring Tuiuiu (Jaburu Stork), South America’s Largest Wingspan

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The Jaburu Stork, or Tuiuiu (too-yoo-YOO) as it’s known locally, is somewhat ungainly and awkward on the ground. It stands about four feet tall on one leg as it pokes its 16-inch, sharply pointed beak into the ponds and lakes of the Pantanal in search of mollusks, fish, frogs, and other amphibians. Sometimes it even snatches a...

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The Magical Pink River Dolphin

Apr 14, 07 The Magical Pink River Dolphin

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Among the strangest and most enchanting creatures of the Amazon is the beautiful and intelligent Pink River Dolphin, scientific name Inia geoffrensis, or peixe boto as they are known in Brazil. You can’t miss them as they play and perform acrobatics in the waters of the Central Amazon Region. They are often seen along the Rio...

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