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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Demise of the Yangtze River Dolphin

Sad news today from various sources confirming the first large mammal extinction for many years and the first cetacean extinction through human activity despite recent and high profile efforts to save it. The species is the Baiji or Yangtze River Dolphin (Lipotes vexillifer). See New Scientist link. Other river dolphin species from the Amazon and from the Ganges are also on threatened species lists.

1 comment:

Johnny P said...

THere are reports that one has been spotted in the Yangtze
see: http://environment.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn12563&feedId=online-news_rss20