Friday, November 17, 2006

Baiji Dolphins : Rare Yangtze River Dolphin in Peril

The Discovery Channel's News site has more information on the Baiji river dolphin research expedition currently taking place on the Yangtze River in China.
The baiji, believed to be among the world's oldest fresh-water mammals, may already be extinct but an international team of scientists and ecologists are hoping against formidable odds that the dolphin has survived.

"We are just hoping the baiji are still here," Brent Stewart, a research biologist from Hubbs-Seaworld Research Institute in San Diego, said aboard the Kekao One, one of the expedition's ships.
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The objective of the six-week expedition is to find, count and observe the baiji, then capture them and put them in a safer home such as an aquatic reserve.

In a nine-day trip in March researchers failed to find a single baiji, which relies on its highly developed sonar system instead of its eyes.
Read on for the full story at the Discovery Channel.

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