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Journey of the Pink Dolphins

An Amazon Quest

By the acclaimed author of The Soul of an Octopus and the bestselling memoir The Good Good Pig.

When Sy Montgomery ventured into the Amazon to unlock the mysteries of the littleknown pink dolphins, she found ancient whales that plied the Amazon River at dawn and dusk, swam through treetops in flooded forests, and performed underwater ballets with their flexible bodies. But she soon found out that to know the botos, as the dolphins are locally called, you must also know the people who live among them.

And so in Journey of the Pink Dolphins, Montgomery—part naturalist, part poet, part Indiana Jones—winds her way through watery tributaries and riverside villages, searching for botos and hearing the tales of locals who believe these ethereal dolphins are shape-shifters—creatures that emerge from the water as splendidly dressed men or women only to enchant their human onlookers, capture their souls, and then carry them away to the Encante, an underwater world. Montgomery takes readers on four separate journeys, exploring the river-dwelling dolphins’ natural history, chronicling their conservation pressures, unraveling their prehistoric roots, and visiting with shamans who delve into the Encante.

REVIEWS AND PRAISE

"One of the most brilliant books of our time."--Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Tribe of Tiger

Publishers Weekly-
In a deeply felt, magical voyage to the tropics, Boston Globe nature columnist Montgomery (Spell of the Tiger) pursues the pink dolphin, a rare freshwater species, in the Brazilian and Peruvian Amazon. This elusive creature, with bulbous gray forehead, tiny eyes, chameleonlike color changes and pink back or fins, has inspired much local lore. Brazilian natives believe "boto" is a shape-shifter that makes love to humans, embodies spirits and carries people to the Encante, an enchanted underwater city. Combining a journalist's cool objectivity with a dolphin lover's almost mystical ecological consciousness, Montgomery luxuriates in the myths and legends as she swims with pink dolphins or tracks down radio-tagged boto in twisty, dangerous waterways, but she also ably reports the scientific facts. Boto mothers and offspring maintain a close bond, and though hard to spot in the wild, pink dolphins can be boldly playful and interactive with people. The Amazon, notes Montgomery, is polluted with cans, bottles, plastic bags and toxic wastes, yet the region is still an incredible incubator of biodiversity, and she describes her encounters with a veritable Noah's ark of exotic animals. She also mingles with field biologists, expatriates, conservationists, community leaders and a shaman (with whom she ceremonially imbibes ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic potion). Montgomery writes passionately about the destruction of rain forests, the ongoing extinction of Brazil's tribes and her visit to MamirauraABrazil's largest conservation experimentAwhere local residents act as guardians over a vast realm of manatees, dolphins, fish, turtles and timber. Her rhapsodic book winsomely blends travel, reportage, adventure and natural history. Illus. not seen by PW. (Mar.) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sy Montgomery

Sy Montgomery

Researching articles, films, and her twenty-one books for adults and children, bestselling author Sy Montgomery has been chased by an angry silverback gorilla in Rwanda, hunted by a tiger in India, and swum with piranhas, electric eels, and pink dolphins in the Amazon. Her work has taken her from the cloud forest of Papua New Guinea (for a book on tree kangaroos) to the Altai Mountains of the Gobi (for another on snow leopards.) Her books for adults include The Soul of an Octopus (a National Book Award finalist), The Good Good Pig, Birdology, Spell of the Tiger, Journey of the Pink Dolphins, and Walking with the Great Apes. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, the writer Howard Mansfield, their border collie, Thurber, and their flock of free-range laying hens.

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AUTHOR EVENTS

October 19, 2017

Sy Montgomery and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas at Oblong Bookstore

Oblong Bookstore, Rhinebeck, NY | Sy Montgomery
Join Sy Montgomery and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas at Oblong Bookstore on October 19 as they discuss their new book, "Tamed and Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind."

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AUTHOR VIDEOS

TEDx Talks - Do Animals Think and Feel?

Join naturalist and author Sy Montgomery as she takes us on a heartfelt adventure to present the overwhemling evidence that animals across a wide variety of species do think and feel and experience consciousness.

National Book Foundation - The Soul of an Octopus

Sy Montgomery reads at the 2015 National Book Awards Finalists Reading

The Wild Life - How To Be A Good Creature

With friend Vicki Croke, nature writer Sy Montgomery says animals have taught her how to be a good creature.

Journey of the Pink Dolphins

Pages:253 pages
Book Art:Color photos
Size: 5.5 x 8.5 inch
Publisher:Chelsea Green Publishing
Paperback: 9781603580601
Pub. Date February 15, 2009

Available In/Retail Price

Paperback, 253 pages, $24.95