18 Apr '11, 1am

Fishermen have started killing pink dolphins for use as bait to catch catfish

Fishermen have started killing pink dolphins for use as bait to catch catfish

Pink dolphins are found only in the Amazon River and are said to be the most intelligent of the five species of dolphins in the world. In the rain forests along the river, legends say they magical creatures who can turn into men and impregnate women. But local fishermen see the dolphins as rivals and also, more and more, prey. According to the New York Times , fishermen have started to kill the dolphins (who sometimes become entangled in their nets) and use them as bait to catch catfish. A Columbian fisherman is said to have showed others how to hold some dolphin bones in the river; their strong odor attracted catfish. Said a veteran fisherman of the dolphins: "We don’t like him; we are his enemy.....I killed one when I was waiting for the fish to bite. He kept coming closer and the fish were leaving, so I harpooned the dolphin. I couldn’t stand it anymore.” The pink dolph...

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