Monday, December 18, 2006
After surviving 20 million years, China's goddess of the river is driven to extinction
By Clifford Coonan in Beijing
Published: 18 December 2006
For 20 million years, the white-fin dolphin, or baiji, swam China's longest river, the Yangtze. But a few years of breakneck development, overfishing and a massive increase in shipping have reduced sightings of this shy, graceful creature to zero. A recent expedition failed to spot a single Lipotes vexillifer, and now conservationists fear the almost-blind, long-beaked animal is gone for good, the first big aquatic mammal to become extinct due to human activity.....click link above for the rest of the story.