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Monday, December 18, 2006
China's River Dolphins Missing, Presumed Extinct
A story in Sunday's New York Times marks the sad passing of China's baiji, a white, nearly blind dolphin whose only habitat was the Yangtze River in China. The baiji, a species said to be around 20 million years old, met its demise as economic expansion devastated its natural environment. The baiji are not known to survive in captivity. A recent 6-week-long survey found no baiji, though it could take decades for the species to be declared officially extinct.