01 May '12, 2pm

Over 30 Yangtze porpoises found dead in China as population nears extinction

Over 30 Yangtze porpoises found dead in China as population nears extinction

Extinct animals are quickly forgotten: the baiji and shifting baselines (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. Despondent, researchers declared that the baiji was likely extinct. Four years later and the large charismatic marine mammal is not only 'likely extinct', but in danger of being forgotten, according to a surprising new study 'Rapidly Shifting Baselines in Yangtze Fishing Communities and Local Memory of Extinct Species' in Conservation Biology . Lead author of the study, Dr. Samuel Turvey, was a member of the original expedition in 2006. He returned to the Yangtze in 2008 to interview locals about their knowledge of the baiji and other vanishing megafauna in the river, including the Chinese paddlefish, one of the world's largest freshwater fish. In these interview...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0501-hance-yangtze-porpoise...

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