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The Chinese river dolphin (Lipotes Vexillifer), is also known as the Baiji and Yangtze river Dolphin. The Chinese River dolphin is a cetaceans just like every other dolphin in the world but is not marked in any specific species. The Chinese river dolphin has a few very distinctive features. The first feature is that they have a long thin beak, second is there dorsal fin is located lower down there back, and third they are blue/grey in color. The Chinese river dolphin has very small underdeveloped eyes and because of this they rely on touch and echolocation to find food and communicate with other dolphins. The Chinese river dolphin feeds on any fish they can find. The Chinese river Dolphin ranges between 4 to 8 feet in length, weights between 130-350lb, can swim up to 30 mph, and has a usual life expectancy of 30 years. The Chinese river dolphin Lives in fresh water and stay in groups of 5-10. The Chinese river dolphin is also known as the Yangtze river dolphin because the Yangtze river is the only place in the world that the dolphin can be found today.

Today the Chinese river dolphin is listed as critically endangered. Some people believe that the Chinese river dolphin use to be found in many places all over the world, but today the Dolphin can only be found in the Yangtze river. The reason for this is because other places that the dolphins lived before became to polluted and over crowded which made it impossible for the dolphins to live. Today the dolphins are facing the same threats and even more. Today because the dolphins live along the longest and most traveled river in china they face new threats such as, accidental hooking by fishermen, shortage of fish due to dams being built, injuries due to boat propellers, and pollution. Here are some solutions to help protect the Chinese river dolphin. We could set a time period that boats are able to travel along the river, also we could make fishermen more aware of the areas that the dolphins live in and caution them about how endangered these dolphins are. Another solution is to reduce the amount of dams being built to help the flow of fish into the river. We really need to work hard to protect The Chinese river dolphin because there are less than 200 left in the world.




Sources:
http://marinebio.org/species.asp?id=338
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_dolphin
http://books.google.com/books?id=LTLeqPTDZsYC&printsec=frontcover&dq=threats+against+chinese+river+dolphins&source=bl&ots=NFSzUcU2r8&sig=kl7f6sBIK37bCtJuwkGBnWXBuD4&hl=en&ei=tCWYTOL9CITGlQf28IVU&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=8&ved=0CEEQ6AEwBw#v=onepage&q=threats%20against%20chinese%20river%20dolphins&f=false
http://www.theanimalfiles.com/mammals/cetaceans/yangtze_river_dolphin.html