Sunday, December 18, 2005

BAIJI DOLPHINS - Finless porpoise endangered

Shanghai Daily with a status report on one of the other marine mammals found in the Yangtze.
Finless porpoises are decreasing by 7.3 percent annually in the Yangtze River, China's longest, according to the Institute of Hydrobiology of Chinese Academy of Sciences. About 1,000 are left.

'We do research on porpoises' situation every year at key reaches of the Yangtze since the early 1980s, and have found that the number of Yangtze finless porpoises has decreased rapidly in the past two decades,' said Wei Zhuo, an institute scientist.
'We need quick actions; or it probably will become like the endangered white-flag dolphin,' said Wei.