Globally, there are four freshwater dolphin
species, including the Indus river dolphin in Pakistan, Amazon river dolphin in South America, Ganges river dolphin in India, Bangladesh and Nepal, and newly discovered Aragua river dolphin in Brazil.
The 66-year-old managed to capture several images of the elusive freshwater dolphin
before it disappeared back into the water along with a friend.
Two others were found in the same river section at Tongling Freshwater Dolphin
Nature Reserve in Anhui Province over the past couple of weeks.
This is your chance to catch a glimpse of an endangered species, the Gangetic dolphin, the only surviving freshwater dolphin
in the world.
Despite an unconfirmed possible sighting in August of the Chinese freshwater dolphin
known as Baiji, this species best known for its distinct long nose and high pitched whistle is now believed to be functionally extinct, meaning that it is unlikely to be able to reproduce in any significant numbers to save the species, and that it is only a matter of time before these dolphins have completely disappeared from the face of the Earth, never to be seen again.
A Chinese freshwater dolphin
has been declared extinct after desperate efforts to rescue it came too late.
The factors that led to the baiji's demise--including pollution, heavy ship traffic, and over-fishing--continue to threaten the world's five remaining species of freshwater dolphin
, three of which live in Asia and all of which are critically endangered.
The baiji was one of five freshwater dolphin
species endemic to Asia.
The Yangtze Freshwater Dolphin
Expedition 2006 was led by the Switzerland-based baiji.
A Committee of CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, meeting in Bangkok overwhelmingly (73 votes in support, 30 against) supported Thailand's request to ban international sales of an unusual freshwater dolphin
that is native to Southeast Asia and northern Australia.
A rare freshwater dolphin
, a remnant of an ancient species facing extinction, has died at a nature reserve, a news report said Tuesday.
WCS warns that time is running out for Asia's wildlife, noting that two large mammal species - the kouprey, a type of wild cattle once found in Southeast Asia, and a Chinese freshwater dolphin
species called a baiji - have gone extinct.