Wednesday, August 08, 2007

The Yangtze river dolphin is today declared extinct.

It is the first large animal to be wiped from the planet for 50 years, and only the fourth entire mammal family to disappear in 500 years. And it was driven to its death by mankind...After more than 20 million years on the planet, the Yangtze river dolphin is today officially declared extinct, the first species of cetacean (whale, dolphin or porpoise) to be driven from this planet by human activity.

An intensive six-week search by an international team of marine biologists involving two boats that ploughed up and down the world's busiest river last December failed to find a single specimen.

The cause of the freshwater dolphin's demise was instead all too plain to the investigators. It had become a victim of the world's most populous country's race to get richer. One tenth of the world's population live in the Yangtze river basin. During the expedition, scientists counted 19,830 ships on the 1,669km of the river they surveyed - one large freight vessel every 800m.

The independent

3 comments:

Hero of the Light said...
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Adam said...

"One tenth of the world's population live in the Yangtze river basin"

Adam said...

Actually, apparently, extinction can not be officially declared until the species has not been seen for 50 years. So the Baiji has at least 40 more years to wait until joining the list...