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Saturday, December 16, 2006

Chinese Freshwater Dolphin now "Functionally Extinct"

Photo from NY Times
A sad day indeed. The baiji, a white, freshwater dolphin living in the Yangtze's sandy shallows for 20 million years is "functionally extinct". The last count conducted in 1997 found 13, now, according to a recent search conducted, the number is zero. It happens to be the first species of the Order of Cetaceans (including the sperm whale and bottlenose dolphin) to be erased in its natural environment. Read the article here.


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