2 River Dolphins 1 Anaconda: Frisky Biology

Bridget Mulroy

A pink river dolphin.(aniroot/iStock)

A bizarre animal interaction was caught on camera this week. The video is here, and you can decide how crazy this story is.

Biologists spotted two male Bolivian River Dolphins, and the observation was determined to be obscure when they witnessed the dolphins playing with a Beni Anaconda. 

Since this species is not known for being above the surface for extended periods, it became clear why this incident was pretty unusual.

Anacondas can swim, but to a certain extent – when they aren’t scouted as dolphin toys.

Beni Anacondas are known to be apex predators. It’s assumed that the anaconda was injured and defenseless once the dolphins began to entertain themselves with it.

How the dolphins entertained themselves is also up for interpretation. “Looking more at the photos, the [Stanford] group realized that the dolphins holding onto the anaconda while swimming in unison had erect penises—further evidence that the interaction was playful,” reports Smithsonian Magazine.

The Bolivian River Dolphin is a near-extinct species of dolphin indigenous to the rivers of Bolivia. According to Brittanica, the Bolivian River Dolphin is smaller than the Amazonian River Dolphin and has a skin tone more pink than gray, unlike its Amazonian cousin. The Teotônio rapids separate these species and make the Bolivian River Dolphins that much more interesting. The species is limited to a small area of Bolivia, in South America.

Since this dolphin is so rare and almost extinct, any observed interaction is extraordinary; even if it’s a little risque. The event is still being evaluated.

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