Finless porpoise endangered
Finless porpoises are decreasing by 7.3 percent annually in the Yangtze
River, China's longest, according to the Institute of Hydrobiology of Chinese
Academy of Sciences. About 1,000 are left.
"We do research on porpoises'
situation every year at key reaches of the Yangtze since the early 1980s, and
have found that the number of Yangtze finless porpoises has decreased rapidly in
the past two decades," said Wei Zhuo, an institute scientist.
Yangtze finless porpoise is challenging. About 1,000 porpoises now live in the
River, said Wei.
As a result of excessive fishing, pollution, and dam
construction, the population of Yangtze finless porpoises has been steadily and
rapidly decreasing - it's now an endangered species.
establishment of more natural reserves, improving water quality, strengthening
breeding, improving research and reinforcing habitat conservation.
quick actions; or it probably will become like the endangered white-flag
dolphin," said Wei.