A sad day for dolphins.

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    The Yangtze River Dolphin is functionally extinct:eusa_boohoo:

    Chinese Dolphin Deemed "Functionally Extinct"

    December 13, 2006 12:05 p.m. EST


    Mary K. Brunskill - All Headline News Staff Writer
    Beijing, China (AHN) - A conservationist said Wednesday that a Chinese freshwater dolphin that lived in the Yangtze River is effectively extinct. An international team spent 39 days looking for the dolphin and did not find a single one, according to conservationist August Pfluger.

    "There is of course a chance that we missed one or two animals, but we didn't see any and we had the best people on board our boat and the best possible technology. The baiji is functionally extinct," Pfluger said, according to AP.

    "I am terribly sad. I think it is a tragedy that we weren't fast enough to save the species," he said. "We did not know the baiji was that close to extinction."

    The baiji dates back about 20 million years. It's believed that this is the first time in 50 years that a mammal has become extinct.

    Pfluger, the Swiss co-leader of the joint Chinese-foreign expedition, said there may still be a few baiji, but not enough to breed and prevent extinction.

    The dolphin's declining numbers are probably due to overfishing and shipping traffic because the engines interfere with the sonar the it uses to navigate and feed, he said.​
    http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7005844811

    Another great day for the planet.....
     
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    I LOVE dolphins...they give my Tuna a 'wild' flavor! :)

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    Oh no!!!!! Not the baiji!!!!! The world economy will come to an end!!!!!1
     
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    I'm sure Glad T-Rex went extinct! :)
     
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    What the Hell is "Functionally Extinct"?
    Does it mean we just didn’t see any? Donno.
     
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    A species may become functionally extinct when only a handful of individuals survive, which are unable to reproduce.
     
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    How do they know they are 'unable'?
     
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    I heard Flipper cancelled all his scheduled appearances upon hearing the news.
     
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    Loved that show, how about you 'Bud'..?
     
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    They aren't 100% sure of course, but say a survey reveals only 10 remain. However 8 are female and 2 males, but the males are old and sick.
     

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