Baiji Dolphin: Yangtze River Dolphin
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one of the few pictures of a Baiji

The Baiji Dolphin, Lipotes vexillifer

Is a freshwater dolphin that could only be found in the Yangtze River in China. The dolphin has been given many names like Chinese River Dolphin, Yangtze River Dolphin, Yangtze Dolphin and so on. As you can see it is mostly named after the Yangtze River in China.

The Baiji is a very rare and "almost" extinct dolphin specie because of the Chinese Industrialization that kept fishing without keeping count with the environment. Efforts have been made to find a last Baiji Dolphin in the Yangtze River, but failed to find one. Therefor it became a "Functional extinct specie" which means that there could be some specimens left but, to few to repopulate the river.

Once the Baiji dolphin is extinct it will be the 3the aquatic mammal to become extinct, just as the Japanese Sea Lion and the Caribbean Monk Seal who began to extinct in the 50s.

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