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White Dolphin To Become Extinct Today  
User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4318 posts, RR: 11
Posted (8 years 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1633 times:

BEIJING - A rare, nearly blind white dolphin that survived for millions of years is effectively extinct, an international expedition declared Wednesday after ending a fruitless six-week search of its Yangtze River habitat.

The baiji would be the first large aquatic mammal driven to extinction since hunting and overfishing killed off the Caribbean monk seal in the 1950s.

For the baiji, the culprit was a degraded habitat — busy ship traffic, which confounds the sonar the dolphin uses to find food, and overfishing and pollution in the Yangtze waters of eastern China, the expedition said.

"The baiji is functionally extinct. We might have missed one or two animals but it won't survive in the wild," said August Pfluger, a Swiss economist turned naturalist who helped put together the expedition. "We are all incredibly sad. They were the last living representative in their branch of life."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/china_dolphin_extinction

[Edited 2006-12-14 20:01:38]


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User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1631 times:

Read about this yesterday. So sad. I will say I applaud the efforts of the bioligists. They tried everything to save this creature. Maybe there is one or two out there. Though they say they need 20 or so for the animal so breed and survive.

User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4318 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1619 times:

Well, they say there might be one or two still in the river, but obviously completely irrelevant to reproduce, and the few that could be left will die in loneliness even as dolphins are extremely social creatures.


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User currently offlineKLMA330 From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 697 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1519 times:

If the Japanese, and certain northern European countries continue whaling, not to mention US Military sonar tests, we'll be hearing more reports like this about other aquatic mammals... Ever so sad..  Sad

User currently offlineBushpilot From South Africa, joined Jul 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1509 times:

A sad day in biology. A very unique species that will no longer be. I hope not only the Chinese but all humans learn a lesson from this about the impact man can have on nature.

Quoting KLMA330 (Reply 3):
If the Japanese, and certain northern European countries continue whaling,

Now certainly there is a need for conservation, no arguement there, but the commercial whaling folks are mostly going after minke whales which are far from extinct. If done with proper management, it doesnt have horrific impacts on the species.
The native people in Alaska still hunt whales every year for subsistence. I was eating Beluga at thanksgiving.


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