Thursday thoughts 13.12.12

Thoughts

The declaration of three sanctuaries for fresh water dolphins in Sundarban area is particularly welcome considering the recent extinction of the Yangtze River dolphin whose last confirmed sighting was in 2002. Fatal entanglement in nets and habitat degradation killed off this species after having survived in the Yangtze River of China for more than 10 million years.

It’s a shame, is not it? We can’t still save a species from extinction after learning so much! So it should be better if we don’t let any other species sink near extinction level, take care long before that!

Freshwater dolphins are among the most threatened wildlife on earth because their habitat is highly impacted by human activities, including dam construction and unsustainable fisheries. The fresh water dolphins are threatened by fatal entanglements in fishing gear, depletion of their prey from the enormous by-catch of fish and crustaceans in fine-mesh “mosquito” nets used…

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