Thought to be Extinct Dolphin Observed in River Yangtze

11.10.2016

A group of volunteers-ecologists said that in the waters of the Yangtze River, they were able to see the Chinese river dolphin – baiji. This rare species was declared extinct in 2007.

Thought to be Extinct Dolphin Observed in River Yangtze

The dolphin was seen during a patrol of the river, which lasted two weeks. According to volunteers, baiji came up to the water surface three times in 200-300 yards from their boat. Unfortunately, the members of the expedition did not have time to take pictures. Now the search for baiji will be joined by the Academy of Sciences of China experts.

Chinese river dolphin (Lipotes vexillifer) was endemic to Yangtze. Hunting for it was banned only in 1983. Also, the extinction of species is associated with large-scale pollution of the river.