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