Japura River: Facts and Information

Japura River Facts

  • When it flows in Colombia, the river is called the Caqueta River.

  • In Brazil, the river can be navigated by small boats.
  • The Japura flows into the Amazon River through a network of channels.
  • The river is home to a massive range of fish and reptiles, including electric eels, catfish, turtles, caimans and piranhas.
  • The American composer Philip Glass named a piece of music after the river. Lsiten to it by playing the video below

Japura River Fact File

Countries: Brazil, Colombia

Length: Approximately 2820 km (1752 miles)

Source: Andes, southwest Colombia

Mouth: Amazon River

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Amazon River Dolphin Facts

Here are some facts about the Amazon River Dolphin.

  • The Amazon River Dolphin is a freshwater dolphin.
  • They are only found in the water of the Amazon River, the Orinoco River and the Araguaia River.

  • An Amazon River Dolphin is also often referred to as a Pink River Dolphin, a Boto or a Bufeo.
  • They can grow up to lengths of more than 2.5 metres.
  • The dolphins vary in colour. Some are gray and some are pink.
  • They eat a range of food, including: shrimp, piranha, crabs, small turtles and catfish.
  • Amazon River legends describe how some of the dolphins are shape-shifters and can leave the river in human form. Other traditional tales say that dolphins can give you nightmares if you stare into their eyes.
  • It is thought that the Amazon River Dolphin population is in decline, but there is not enough accurate data yet to say this with certainty.
  • They have few natural predators, but have reportedly been killed by jaguars, caimans and anacondas.
  • The dolphins use echolocation to find their prey in the muddy and murky river water.
  • They don’t have a dorsal fin, instead they have a humped back.

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Amazon River: Facts and Information

Amazon River Fact File

Countries: Brazil, Colombia and Peru.

Length: About 6400 km (4000 miles)

Source: Andes Mountains, Peru.

Mouth: Atlantic Ocean.

Other River Amazon Facts

  • The Amazon River is the second longest river in the world (after the Nile River) – although this is often debated – but it has the largest water-flow in the world by far. It also has the largest drainage basin of any river in the world.
  • The River Amazon is massive. It’s width varies between 1.5 and 10 km, but during the wet season it can become several times wider than this.
  • It is often referred to as the River Sea because of its large size.
  • The Amazon releases more than 200,000 cubic metres of water per second into the Atlantic Ocean.
  • One fifth of the freshwater entering the world’s oceans comes from the Amazon River.
  • The Amazon River is home to the Amazon River Dolphin (or boto) – the largest species of river dolphin. The river is also home to anaconda, more than five thousand different species of fish (including electric eels, piranha and catfish), crabs, turtles and caiman (a type of crocodilian).
  • The Amazon has over 1000 tributaries.

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