“The last confirmed sighting of a Baiji was in 2002
the same year that the sole surviving captive animal
a male called Qi Qi — died.
fishermen have reported seeing Yangtze river
dolphins on three occasions
but scientists says it is impossible to confirm the sightings.”
A scientific expedition in 2006 carried out an extensive survey
along Yangtze from Yichang to Shanghai
but the team failed to find any evidence that the species survives
and concluded that the Yangtze river dolphin is probably extinct
a victim of by-catch in local fisheries
and the rapid development and degradation of the Yangtze River.
© What is Missing? Foundation
Audio: Baiji.org Foundation
Source: New Scientist & NOAA