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In honor of World Animal Day, here are the top 5 most endangered dolphin species together with links to conservation organizations fighting to save them from extinction.
The biggest threat to this small population is entanglement in fishing gear, and conservationists fear that unless immediate action is taken to prevent entanglements, extinction of this species is imminent. Like all marine mammal species, they are threatened by vessel traffic and pollution, but are particularly vulnerable to fishing gear entanglement and habitat loss due to coastal development.
These freshwater dolphins live in the rivers of India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh. There are fewer than 2, Ganges River dolphins, and around 1, Indus River dolphins remaining today.
The populations have been declining due to human activity, including habitat destruction due to dam construction, fishing gear entanglement, pollution, prey depletion due to over fishing by humans, and deliberate killing for human consumption.
More info here and here. Their numbers have been drastically reduced in recent decades due to entanglement in fishing gear — specifically gillnets.
This means that during the last extensive survey undertaken in to find the Baiji, scientists did not see a single animal. There were over 6, Baiji recorded in the s, but their numbers had dropped to around animals by the s. Bythere were only 13 Baiji remaining. It is possible that there is still a Baiji out there somewhere, but even if there is, this species has almost no chance of recovering its numbers, and is thus functionally extinct.The Bloody Chamber.
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In recent history the Baiji, also known as the Yangtze river dolphin, was declared extinct, its river habitat seriously impacted by the construction of dams and boat traffic.
Endangered dolphins like the Maui’s dolphin are on the brink of extinction due to entanglement in fishing gear.
Aardvark. Aardvark means 'earth-pig' in Afrikaans. They are very secretive animals so very little is known about their way of life. Adder. One of our three native snakes, . Atlantic Bottle-nose Dolphins can grow to a maximum length of m causing them to weigh even more than kgs/1, pounds, although this is not what every bottle-nosed dolphin weighs.
They live in small pods of up to 12 whales as .