Finless porpoises seen near Yangtze River bank on 1st day of fishing ban
2016-03-03 16:40:00

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The scenes that several finless porpoises were swimming near the bank of Xiaguan section of the Yangtze River in Nanjing appeared on Mar 1, the first day of fishing ban season in the Yangtze River.

A Nanjing resident surnamed Wu said that he accidentally saw several swimming finless porpoises near the river bank when walking along the river bank in Binjiang Waitan in Xiaguan of Nanjing. According to a 60-minute video clip shot by Wu, more than a dozen of finless porpoises were swimming at the water surface, not only their black back, blowhole on their head and their smiling face could be clearly seen, but also their heavy breathing sound could be heard.

The place where residents found finless porpoises is near the finless porpoise sculpture at the finless porpoise-seeing site at Zhongshan pier of Nanjing. A resident surnamed Chen, who is working in the neighborhood, said that frightened finless porpoises kept themselves far away from the river bank when seeing several angling persons and even persons illegally catching fishes with special tools at the river bank not long ago.

Finless porpoise, a kind of small-sized toothed whale, belongs to grade-two national protection animal. They have been living in the waters along the midstream and downstream of the Yangtze River for a long time, being hailed as the “giant panda” in water. Jiang Meng, secretary-general of Nanjing Finless Porpoise Protection Association, introduced that finless porpoises swim to the water surface for the pursuit of the opposite sex. To date, a total of 20 to 30 finless porpoises are living in the waters from Yangtze River pier to Dashenguan in Nanjing section of the Yangtze River, Jiang added.

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