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July 1 2013

World's only freshwater porpoise on brink of extinction


There's now only one cetacean species to be found in the Yangtze river, and it is in serious danger of extinction. The conservation status of the Yangtze finless porpoise the world's only freshwater porpoise has been upgraded to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species's highest risk level: critically endangered.

In 2007 the Yangtze river dolphin was declared extinctSpeaker, making it the first cetacean to disappear thanks to human activity. It seems the porpoise might not be far behind.

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