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Capt Peacock’s Journal: The Legend Of The Mapinguary

Mapinguari

Some tribes considerate it a God.

Others a demon.

Some say it eats the living while others say only the dead.

Regardless, all know it as the “Mapinguary,” a name that loosely translates to “the roaring animal” or “the fetid beast.”

While accounts vary, from village to village up-and-down the Amazon most agree that mapinguary (pronounced ma-ping-wahr-EE) stands between 8 to 10 feet tall when on two legs and is something of a cross between a giant sloth from prehistoric times and a gorilla. Its thick matted fur is said to reek so bad that those who encounter it in the jungle become dizzy or hypnotized. (more…)

Amazon River Dolphin

Dolphin Amazon

One of the most exotic species of Amazônia – and one found nowhere else in the world – is the Amazon River Dolphin (Inia geoffrensis). Also known as the Pink Dolphin and locally as Boto, these freshwater mammals are as mysterious as they are mythical. It is the largest of the world’s freshwater dolphins with males reaching weights of more than 400 pounds and lengths of over eight feet. Males are larger than females and are often more vibrant in color.  Despite the moniker of Pink Dolphin, it is born dark gray in color. Skin color lightens with age and eventually turns pink with repeated skin abrasion. Water temperature, transparency, and geographic location are also factors in color variants. (more…)