Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Rare river dolphin 'now extinct'

A freshwater dolphin found only in China is now "likely to be extinct", a team of scientists has concluded.

The researchers failed to spot any Yangtze river dolphins, also known as baijis, during an extensive six-week survey of the mammals' habitat.

Baiji Tribute courtesy of Another Chance To See





NASA's animation of China's Three Gorges Dam construction over the years



Chinese Promotional film



A trip to Three Gorges Dam Project

2 comments:

la Novia de Gorgola said...

what a shame!!nothing could be done?

fb4 said...

I first heard about the river dolphin in Douglas Adam's book Last Chance To See where he visited the river in the 1980's.

At the time the Chinese where starting to build a sanctury for the dolphins, seems they may of built it but neglected to put any dolphins in it.