The “dolphin who became man”: will the boto survive the catfish trade? – Mongabay

Over thirty years ago, armed with a romantic dream of studying dolphins and a motorboat engine borrowed from a friend, Dr. Fernando Trujillo set off towards the small Amazonian village of Puerto Nariño. The third-year marine biology major soon realized that the Amazon river dolphins (Inia geoffrenis), known locally as botos, were just one piece in the complex aquatic systems making up the “most amazing jungle on the planet.” In Puerto Nariño, Trujillo was struck by indigenous people’s belief that river dolphins are sacred, human-like beings who live in underwater cities.

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