Regulatory News

Researchers at the Federal University of Amazonas and the Institute for Amazon Research identified a dolphin species hitherto unknown. This is the Inia araguaiensis, a dolphin that lives in the Rio Araguaia, one of the largest in the Amazon region. Therefore, the animal is being called the Araguaia river dolphin.

The discovery was considered one of the greatest in Brazilian science in recent years, as the Araguaia river dolphin is the fifth species of freshwater dolphin in recorded history and the first identified since 1918.

According to scientists, despite only being discovered now, this type of dolphin is already endangered. That's because the animals live near the Tucuruí dam in the state of Para. According to estimates there are less than a thousand of the species.

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