Populations of Chinese river dolphins have been living in the majestic Yangtze River of China for 15 million years, but it took humans less than five decades to wipe them off the face of the earth.
Also called Baiji, their numbers crashed dramatically in the early 20th century and eventually disappeared entirely. They were announced extinct in 2007 after a search expedition, and there have been no confirmed baiji sightings since before 2006.
The extinction of the Baiji was an international disgrace. An earlier response to the species’ decline might have kept some individuals alive today. But now, having lost the battle to save this freshwater dolphin, the next test is to avoid the population of finless porpoises in the Yangtze River, which also experience the same fate.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Group
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No