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20 Yangtze finless porpoise discovered in Yueyang City



More than 20 Yangtze finless porpoise were found playing in the river in Xiangyin County, Yueyang City, central China's Hunan Province.

"I was really excited when I photographed this Yangtze finless porpoise. They were flipping and jumping in the river, as if they were saying hello to me," photographer Yi Hui said.

The Yangtze finless porpoise, under top-level national protection in China, is endemic to the Yangtze River in the country. People call it a "smiling angel" because its snout is shaped like a grin.

The species has been in a gradual decline, from about 2,500 in 1991 to 1,012 in 2017, according to the results of a previous survey conducted by the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. This is attributed to various factors like unselected and increased fishing, vessel strikes, and habitat deterioration and degradation.

However, the situation has changed as multiple measures have been taken to protect the species and preserve the ecosystem in the river.

In 2022, the fourth Yangtze finless porpoise scientific expedition led by the ministry showed that the population of the species has now increased to 1,249, marking a rise of 23.4 percent.

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