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The Yangtze's Vanishing Porpoises

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December 18, 2012
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Six years ago, after a joint survey on China's longest river - the Yangtze - a team of scientists from around the world announced the functional extinction of the Yangtze River dolphin, the Baiji. This year, repeated discoveries of finless porpoises along the Yangtze has sounded new alarms that the porpoise, could follow the Baiji's fate.


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