China to Keep Looking for Likely Extinct Dolphin
CHINA: December 18, 2006
BEIJING - Chinese scientists will continue to search for a rare freshwater
dolphin unique to the Yangtze River, although it is possibly extinct after a
38-day search failed to find any, Xinhua news agency said on Sunday.
Foreign experts have already concluded that the baiji, or white-flag
dolphin, is extinct, becoming a victim of development, overfishing and
shipping along China's longest river.
Wang Ding, head of a team of scientists that concluded their fruitless
search for the baiji last week, said the efforts to search for and protect
the dolphin should continue as there might be some of the mammals left in
"We will try every effort to save them as long as it is not announced to be
extinct," said Wang, who is also vice director of the hydrobiology institute
of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
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