China to study rare por­poise’s en­vi­ron­ment af­ter 21 die this year

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China’s Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture said it will lead a sci­en­tific in­ves­ti­ga­tion on Yangtze fin­less por­poises start­ing Fri­day to bet­ter pro­tect the an­i­mal af­ter 21 of them died this year, Bei­jing Youth Daily re­ported.

The 40 day-long in­ves­ti­ga­tion will help get ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion on the pop­u­la­tion dy­nam­ics of the Yangtze fin­less por­poises and as­sist in their pro­tec­tion, the news­pa­per added.

An un­named ex­pert from the Chi­nese Academy of Sci­ence’s In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy said that two ships will start from the mid­dle reaches of the Yangtze River in Wuhan, Cen­tral China’s Hubei Prov­ince and will travel down­stream to Shang­hai and visit Dongt­ing Lake in Hu­nan Prov­ince and Poyang Lake in Jiangxi Prov­ince, which are the an­i­mal’s main habi­tats.

This is the third Chi­nese in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the Yangtze fin­less por­poises.

The pre­vi­ous ones were con­ducted in 2006 and 2012 re­spec­tively.

The Yangtze fin­less por­poise is the only fin­less por­poise living in fresh wa­ter, and it is listed as a class I pro­tected species by China, the news­pa­per said.

Data from the 2012 sci­en­tific in­ves­ti­ga­tion showed only 1,045 left. Twenty-one of them died this year.

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