“Consider the case of the Yangtze River dolphin, a long-beaked, nearly blind cetacean also known as the baiji, that inhabited about 1,000 linear miles of a single river in southeast China.”
“He sighed: Over the past twenty years the baiji has been the victim of politics and scientific disputes.”
“The baiji was a playful animal that dined on the Yangtze's once plentiful fish and was traditionally venerated by the region's people.”
“Yangtze river dolphin - Also known as the baiji, this is the only living representative of an entire family, having diverged from other river dolphins more than 20m years ago.”
“He returned to San Deigo, Calif., last week after a fruitless six-week expedition in which teams of five observers on two vessels scoured the Yangtze River from the Three Gorges Dam to Shanghai, seeking the last members of the rarest cetacean species of all, a white, nearly blind dolphin called the baiji, Lipotes vexillifer. . .”
“(02/23/2010) In 2006 a survey in China to locate the endangered Yangtze River dolphin, known as the baiji, found no evidence of its survival.”
“In the end, they couldn’t decide, so the baiji is the victim.”
“First, scientists recorded the vanishing and apparent extinction of the baiji, a dolphin species unique to that river.”
“The baiji or Chinese river dolphin was declared extinct in 2007 for example due to loss and disturbance of its habitat.”
“Description: The recent likely extinction of the baiji or Chinese river dolphin, makes the vaquita (Phocoena sinus)? the Gulf of California porpoise? the most endangered cetacean.”
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