10 wingless porpoises spotted in the Yangtze River
23 September 2020
A group of around 10 porpoises would have appeared 8 months after the government decided to ban fishing in 332 nature reserves along the river earlier this year and most likely thanks to the effects of containment linked to the epidemic of COVID-19 of which Wuhan is the cradle.
The flightless porpoise and the Baiji dolphin (or Chinese dolphin), both members of the cetacean family, and the only two aquatic mammals in the river, have been classified as "critically endangered" and placed on the red list. of threatened species from the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) in 2013.
Among the very rare species of porpoises, the flightless porpoise is the only one that lives in freshwater, said Mr. Zhang Xianfeng. Its small size and its pretty "smile" make it a very popular animal in China and elsewhere.
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