the encantado – shapeshifting dolphins
Some call them the Encantado, some call them weredolphins…some call them the dolphin people…others just call them shapeshifting dolphins. 🙂
The term “encantado” is used to describe them all! The word is used mainly by Brazilians and other South Americans to describe a certain dolphin that lives in the Amazon River and is belived to have the ability to transform into a human. In dolphin form, the creature takes on the appearance of the Boto dolphin, which is a very large freshwater river dolphin (it’s also sometimes called the Amazon River Dolphin), which, interestingly enough their skin can appear to be pink, and they are therefore often called “Pink Dolphins”. Another interesting thing about these dolphins is that they are considered the most intelligent of the river dolphins (which are different from ocean dolphins).
WHEN they transform: It is believed that this dolphin can shapeshift into human form, and prefers to do so at night.
WHERE they go when shifted: You have the best chance of seeing them shapeshift next to the river…and especially if there is a party nearby. It is said that the encantado love parties, and will shapeshift into human form to attend one!
WHAT they look like in human form: It is said that, when in human form, the dolphin people are very pale skinned, and sometimes even still have their blowhole (an easy way to identify them). They most often take on the appearance of handsome men. They move gracefully, love music (both listening to it and performing), they love to dance, they love to flirt (and are considered very flirtatious), and it is also said that they prefer to dress in lively, brightly-colored clothes. They also often wear hats.
“POWERS” of the encantado – Legends say that these shapeshifters can hypnotize or control humans, and are often compared to vampires in that regard. It is also said that they can control weather storms!