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China’s freshwater dolphin driven to extinction



After surviving 20 million years, China’s goddess of the river is driven to extinction

By Clifford Coonan in Beijing

Published: 18 December 2006

For 20 million years, the white-fin dolphin, or baiji, swam China’s longest river, the Yangtze. But a few years of breakneck development, overfishing and a massive increase in shipping have reduced sightings of this shy, graceful creature to zero. A recent expedition failed to spot a single Lipotes vexillifer, and now conservationists fear the almost-blind, long-beaked animal is gone for good, the first big aquatic mammal to become extinct due to human activity…..click link above for the rest of the story.

1 Comments

  1. MCBI on December 19, 2006 at 6:50 am

    Great photos of a unique animal that will truly be missed (see also my Dec 11 MC Blog). A herald of things to come? Next to go: the Yangtze Finless Porpoise, Vaquita, Maui’s Dolphin, or Hawaiian Monk Seal?

    Steven