China’s runaway pollution is close to forcing one of the most beautiful creatures into extinction. The Hong Kong Dolphin Society is reporting that the population of rare Chinese white dolphins (known as pink dolphins for their unique color) are almost wiped out. A tragic picture was captured recently of one of the few remaining mothers trying to support her dead calf in the waters outside of Hong Kong — the victim of extreme pollution in the Pearl River Delta.
The numbers of pink dolphin has plummeted. In 2003, there were only 158. By 2011, there were only 78. Now, they are nearly gone entirely. Toxins in the water have killed off the dolphins like the baby calf. While a tourist attraction, pink dolphins now expose tourists to the sad reality of a country which turns a blind eye to the worsening environmental conditions for animals and people alike.
The species may still be found outside of China, though it is listed as “near-threatened.” The dolphin has long been a symbol of Hong Kong, as it was during the handover from Britain. Now, children will have to look at pictures as the toxins in the waters continue to rise around Hong Kong.
56 thoughts on “China’s Pink Dolphin Population Reportedly Near Extinction Due To Pollution”
davidm I hope your greed corporation goes bankrupt and you go extinct with it. You have no excuse for your worthless self and I hope you go extinct and your fat corporate terrorist buddies are never seen again. Humans are a liability on this earth, and your disgusting corporate criminal kind prove that to the hilt. One dolphin is worth a million of your kind of excessively breeding repulsive human garbage
I’m not going to pay for access to BioOne just because you fail to understand that the Genus Sousa consists of the Indo-Pacific Hump-backed Dolphin (Sousa chinensis) and the variant subspecies the Chinese White Dolphin (Sousa chinensis chinensis) as well as the Atlantic Humpbacked Dolphin (Sousa teuszii – not under discussion) and you want to quote data from 2001.
What part of “there is more than one type of Chinensis dolphin” is hard for you to understand, David?
Besides all of it.
Gene H –
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