This Day in History:Chinese River Dolphin Declared Functionally Extinct (2006)

This Day in History:
Chinese River Dolphin Declared Functionally Extinct (2006)

Found only in China’s Yangtze River, the baiji was a pale, nearly blind freshwater dolphin species nicknamed the “Goddess of the Yangtze.” Though it had lived there for millennia, its population declined precipitously in the late 20th century as an industrialized China made heavy use of the river. Many were injured by fishing gear and boat propellers. The species was finally declared functionally extinct after a six-week search failed to locate any baiji. When was the last baiji caught on film? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

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