porpoise, Neophocaena asiaeorientalis asiaeorientalis, Distribution patterns, Habitat selection, Confluence.
Physiological responses to capture and handling of free-ranging male Yangtze finless
porpoises (Neophocaena phocaenoides asiaeorientalis).
For example, the Yangtze River dolphin, or Baiji, is feared to have become extinct in recent years ago and the finless
porpoise, or Jiangzhu, may also disappear from the Yangtze River system if the ecosystem continues to deteriorate, he said.
In the summer of 2008, while internet daydreaming of a decade-old trip to Hawaii (where I did surf), I stumbled upon the website of Tom Wegener, Jon's brother, an American in Australia who decided several years ago to teach himself the craft of shaping the finless
, ultrathin, hardwood boards, known as alaias, that were common in the South Pacific prior to the 20th century but had all but disappeared over the last 100 years.
Common Name scientific Name Blue Whale Balaenoptera musculus Persian Fallow Deer Dama mesopotamica Asiatic Wild Ass Equus hemionus Bunn's Short-tailed Bandicoot Rat Nesokia bunnii Arabian Oryx Oryx leucoryx Cheetah Acinonyx jubatus Long-fingered Bat Myotis capaccinii Mehely's Horseshoe Bat Rhinolophus mehelyi Indian Smooth-Coated Otter Lutrogale perspicillata Brown Bear Ursus arctos African Lion Panthera leo Goitered gazelle Gazella subgutturosa European Marbled Polecat Vormela peregusna Finless
Porpoise Neophocaena phocaenoides
Upon his emergence, Tom recalls the "(long, but finless
, scaleless) body of my brother" (190), and Freddie then thrusts an eel into Mary's knickers (192-93).
As it's 'a grim tale' of indifference in the face of looming extinction, I thought your readers might like to know that, although it looks as though the Yangtze river dolphin is lost forever, there is another cetacean species that lives in the Yangtze--the finless
porpoise--that is under threat but could still be saved.
Parasites from Indo-Pacific hump-backed dolphins (Sousa chinensis) and finless
porpoises (Neophocaena phocaenoides) stranded in Hong Kong.
I was so distressed, seeing the finless
bleeding sharks," she remembers.
The situation of the finless
porpoise is just like that of the baiji 20 years ago," warns Chinese hydro-biologist and expedition co-leader Wang Ding.
At the very least, scientists are concerned with saving a baiji relative whose numbers are dwindling, the Yangtze finless
Marine conservationists claim the area is unique as it is the only location where the Chinese white dolphin and the finless
porpoise can co-exist in local waters.