Saturday, May 28, 2005

BAIJI DOLPHINS - Damming evidence

This lengthy article at discusses the impact that large damming projects have on ecosystems around the world.
Three Gorges dam will eliminate a significant portion of the habitat of the Yangtze river dolphin, likely spelling its doom. The animal is already considered extremely endangered. A 1998 survey recorded only seven left in the wild. Some biologists fear it will become – if it isn't already – the first cetacean to go extinct at human hands.
Here at Another Chance To See, we're beginning to suspect that the Baiji is already extinct. Mark Carwardine made the suggestion at the recent Douglas Adams Memorial Lecture.