Sunday, December 17, 2006

Another One Bites the Dust: Chinese Baiji Gone

The Chinese Baiji river dolphin is now officially extinct, according to this article in National Geographic. Known in China as the baiji, this "goddess of the Yangtze" crossed its native river on the Stygian Ferry for the last time.

Endangered for the last 20 years, the rare Chinese freshwater dolphin finally kicked the can. Scientists blame this negative patient care outcome on several conditions non-conducive to life, including overfishing, ship traffic, pollution, and dam building.

Unless people wish to see similar endangered freshwater mammals feeding the fishes in the near future, scientists in this article warn for urgent action in China and elsewhere.


Picture from this site.

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