Saturday, 9 February 2013

Protection 'insufficient' for Yangtze finless porpoise

By Michelle Warwicker, BBC Nature

Protection for highly threatened Yangtze finless porpoises in China is "insufficient", researchers say.

The mammals have suffered a dramatic decline and are now threatened with extinction.

Researchers carried out a survey to the establish how the animals are distributed in the Yangtze river.

They found current protected sections of the Yangtze do not cover all the areas where most porpoises were found.

Details of the findings are published in the journal Animal Conservation.

Another freshwater cetacean, the Yangtze river dolphin or "baiji" (Lipotes vexillifer) may already be extinct, and researchers are concerned the Yangtze finless porpoise (Neophocaena asiaeorientalis asiaeorientalis) could be the next to disappear.

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