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Yangtze Finless Porpoise

posted: 12/02/15
Yangtze Finless Porpoise
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Status: Critically Endangered
Scientific Name: Neophocaena asiaeorientalis ssp. asiaeorientalis
Number Left: 1000-1800
Size: 6.2 feet

The Yangtze Finless Porpoise calls the Yangtze River, the longest river in Asia, home. Prior to 2006, the river was home to two different species of dolphins, but the Baiji dolphin was declared functionally extinct in 2006. According to the World Wildlife Fund, this was the first time in history that a species of dolphins was "wiped out" due to human activity.

Because this species needs an abundant food supply in order to survive, increases in fishing has harmed the species.

How You Can Help:

  • World Wildlife Fund: Learn more about the Yangtze Finless Porpoise, conservation efforts, and what you can do to help ensure the species' survival

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