Three Gorges Probe

China’s rare river dolphin now extinct, experts announce

Stefan Lovgren, National Geographic News
November 14, 2006

The rare Chinese river dolphin has gone extinct, according to scientists who could not find a single one of the animals during a six-week search on China’s Yangtze River. The small, nearly blind white dolphin, also known as the baiji, was nicknamed “the goddess of the Yangtze.” “It’s possible that we missed one or two animals [during the search], but we can say the baiji is functionally extinct,” August Pfluger, a Swiss economist-turned-naturalist who financed the expedition, said in a telephone interview from Wuhan, China. “If there are any baiji left in the river, they won’t have any chance of survival.” … Read the full story [PDF].

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