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Amazon River Dolphins (Inia geoffrensis)

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Toninas, River Dolphins (Inia geoffrensis)  they are the largest river dolphins in the world with males measuring from 2,32 to 2,55 mt with a very few reaching 2,80 mt and   weight from 154 to 180 kg, females are smaller  measuring up to 2,15 mt and 150 kg their average size is 2,00 m and 100 kg. They feed almost exclusively on fishes including piranhas, they are very good controlling piranha numbers, they feed on small turtles and crabs. They are doing very good in the Venezuelan Rivers because people don´t hurt them.
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River Dolphins are doing very good in Venezuela, people like and respect them very much very contrary to what happens in the Amazon of Brazil and Colombia where they kill them and use their meat as bait to capture big catfishes. When you are navigating in rivers in Venezuela they like to follow you and stay close to the boat. One day I was with a group in a boat in a dangerous river named Cano Guaritico in Estado Apure, it has Piranhas and Orinoco Crocodiles when sudenly a group of about 6 River Dolphins started to move very close to the boat and one of the Guides threw himself into the river and started swimming with the River Dolphins and we were thinking that this guy is very crazy but after he went back up to the boat he told me that he knows he can do it with out problems when he is with them because they protect people from Crocodile attacks and he feels very secure with River Dolphins.
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Amazon River Dolphins are doing very good in rivers of the Venezuelan Llanos because people believe they are good animals and they don't harm them like people do in others parts in the Colombian and Brazil Amazon, River Dolphins follow the boats they see because they cause that many fishes that are part of their duet move in all directions and they catch them.

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