Economic Importance for Humans: Positive
Indigenous South Americans hold Tucuxis in high regard as protectors that carry the drowned to shore for burial. Despite Brazilian law protecting them, Tucuxis are illegally hunted for their meat (bait), oil (emulsion to protect boats from water), and various body parts that are used in traditional medicines or religious ceremonies.
Positive Impacts: body parts are source of valuable material; source of medicine or drug
- Alves, R., I. Rosa. 2008. Use of Tucuxi Dolphin Sotalia fluviatilis for Medicinal and Magic/Religious Purposes in North of Brazil. Human Ecology, 36/3: 443-447.