More finless porpoises found in Yangtze River's Nanjing section
2017-12-04 16:47:00

A media opening day was held on Saturday for the Ministry of Agriculture-organized 2017 China Yangtze River finless porpoise scientific survey.

During the survey along the Nanjing section of the Yangtze River on that day, a total of eight finless porpoises were spotted in the 20-kilometer navigational distance within 1.5 hours. It increases the accumulated number of finless porpoises discovered within the Yangtze River’s Jiangsu section to 31, after the launch of the latest annual Yangtze River finless porpoise scientific survey five years ago.

Hailed as “giant pandas in the water”, finless porpoises are facing survival challenges, including segmented, reduced or deprived habitats, lack of food, injury or death caused by human negligence and excess ship navigation noise.

A team for this year’s survey started its southbound navigation trip along the Yangtze River from Wuhan, Central China's Hubei province, on Nov 10 and arrived in Nanjing, East China's Jiangsu province on Nov 30. According to the survey result along the upstream of the Yangtze River’s Nanjing section, a total of 321 finless porpoises were discovered by the naked eye.

"The preliminary statistic result is beyond our expectation, as it is really not easy to find many finless porpoises along a navigation route near Nanjing,” said Dr Hao Yujiang of the Institute of Hydrobiology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, who is also leader of the survey team.

"Nanjing’s practice of establishing nature reserves and setting red lines for the finless porpoise is a new mode, which begins to show the achievements of a protective mechanism under governmental leadership, social participation and public welfare agencies’ support,” Hao said.

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