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Extinct Chinese River Dolphin

Another Dead One

The baiji, or Chinese River Dolphin, has been declared extinct. A six week expedition to survey the Yangtze River has found no trace of the animal.

The small, white, nearly blind dolphin, nicknamed “the goddess of the Yangtze”, has been critically endangered for decades. A similar survey in 1997 sighted only 13 specimens.

If the findings are correct, the baiji is the first large aquatic mammal to have become extinct since hunting and overfishing killed off the Caribbean monk seal in the 1950s.


Written by Pete Smith

December 15, 2006 at 8:56 am

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  1. Hmm, …. and we all buy China’s products that come from their factories, that draw power from the dams and utilize river transport. Guilty as charged en mass. 😦


    December 15, 2006 at 12:03 pm

  2. totally agree


    February 22, 2007 at 7:53 am

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