Enter the Animal Hall of Shame: What happened to the Yangtze River Dolphin? Enter the Animal Hall of Shame.
Here at the Platypus, we honour the traditions and beliefs of the animal kingdom. Namely that all animal life should be free from the threat of extinction. Extinction is the one, true greatest evil of all. There is no greater evil (except maybe Cats). So here, in the Animal Hall of Shame, we honour those animals whose lives have be snuffed out by the Homo Sh*tpiens.
What was a Yangtze River Dolphin?
It was a large species of freshwater river dolphin found in China. In China, the species is also called the Yangtze river dolphin, it is also called the whitefin dolphin and was nicknamed the “Goddess of the Yangtze”. It was regarded as the goddess of protection by local fishermen and boatmen. It is also known as the Baiji Dolphin. Since Baiji means ‘white fin’ in Chinese, it means ‘white-finned dolphin’.
What did the Yangtze River Dolphin eat?
The dolphins were carnivores and preyed on fish for food. They have about 130 sharp teeth. They usually feed in the morning or in the evening while swimming in the shallow water along the bank side.
What Happened to the Yangtze River Dolphin?
What happened to the Yangtze River Dolphin?
The Yangtze River dolphin is no more. Unfortunately, it was the first cetacean to disappear as a result of human activity. After a fruitless search lasting six weeks, scientists failed to find a single Yangtze river dolphin, also known as the Baiji, in its natural habitat in China. Dolphins all over the world mourned it’s loss and the animal kingdom takes it especially hard when we lose the first species from any family.
Why did the Yangtze River Dolphin go extinct?
Hunting, pollution, habitat loss, degradation, silt and river management. Effectively humans did every conceivable thing to ensure the Yangtze River Dolphin stood absolutely no chance.
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Did humans kill all the Yangtze River Dolphin?
Indirectly yes. This is the main way that humans wipe out many species. Motivated by base primal greed they consume everything the natural world has to offer without once stopping to think that there might be consequences for other animals on the planet.
What killed the Yangtze River Dolphin?
The catastrophic drop in numbers was due largely to unsustainable by-catch in local fisheries. In addition, boat collisions, dams, and pollution from thousands of riverside chemical plants also played a role.
Is the Yangtze River Dolphin still alive?
Now the most endangered cetacean in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the baiji was last sighted in August 2004, though there was a possible sighting in 2007. The last confirmed baiji sighting was in 2002; an exciting 2007 sighting eventually turned out to be a finless porpoise. Whilst the whole animal kingdom is hoping it can do a Coelocanth, the pessimists and realists are less hopeful.
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