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Chinese Dolphin Habitat Threatened

Chinese Dolphin Habitat Threatened

The Indo hump-backed dolphin, or Chinese White Dolphin lives in tropical and temperate coastal waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Their range includes waters near Sanniang Bay and Hong Kong. They can grow to nine feet long and weigh over 500 pounds. Their population status is near threatened. The Chinese White Dolphins living in waters Sanniang Bay, near Quinzhou have had a habitat which is shared with humans, but has been in a somewhat natural state. The dolphins have become famous in the area and even have a hotel named after them.

Now there are plans to build oil refineries, iron and steel works, paper mills and petrochemical plants on the land right next to their habitat. Billions of dollars have been invested to begin construction of 84 projects, and to continue nearly 200 more. The local government has assured they can industrialize the area while conserving the dolphins. However, in the last several decades the dolphin populations have already started to decline, from about twenty communities to five. In coastal areas where there has been an increase in industrial activity, local dolphin populations have declined.

Sanniang Bay is also a large tourist destination, because of its access to nature and the remaining dolphins. Plans are also being made to increase tourism, even though since 2008 about 1,000,000 tourists have visited each year. A fisherman who was born in the area, and makes his living from the local waters said, “There were a lot more dolphins years ago in Sanniang Bay.”  (Source: Xinhaunet.com)

Conservation efforts are also being made to protect the remaining dolphins in the Hong Kong area which is known for its very high commercial shipping activity and pollution. Bluevoice.org describes the Hong Kong dolphin habitat, “industrial and agricultural runoff and untreated human sewage,” and says there are only about 1,400 left there. It could be that the dolphins of Sanniang Bay will face the same conditions once industrialization has taken over.

Image Credit: takoradee

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5:10PM PST on Feb 14, 2012

I wish dolphins could just stay away from the whole China/Japan area...

5:07AM PST on Feb 14, 2012

Another reason to stop supporting China by buying their products to increase their greed & not caring about nature.

2:12PM PST on Jan 27, 2012

Chinese not only don't care about animals in their country, they also "sponsor" the killing of many animals around the world.
Is a very sad thing because there are too many chinese and some animals in their territory are unique and about to get extinct.

11:08AM PST on Jan 20, 2012

Thank you for the article. It's so sad for the dolphins. The Chinese's motivation is greed. The protection of nature is totally unimportant.

9:32AM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

"the meek shall inherit the earth"....and not the greedy corporations....the destruction of the planet and its living inhabitants in the name of profit is beyond sickening

9:20AM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

HUMANS are an infestation on this planet. Does not matter what country you come from.

3:16PM PDT on Jul 16, 2011

It is really sad, that China is forgetting its beautiful nature and wildlife...

Only when the last tree has been cut down; Only when the last river has been poisoned; Only when the last fish has been caught; Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.
(Native American proverb)

7:29PM PDT on Apr 1, 2011

Thanks for the article.

12:46AM PST on Feb 15, 2011

Didn't we already force the Yangtze River Dolphin to extinction just a couple of years ago??? What a tragedy - so next time you think of visiting China to see Pandas (how id love that), take note of the Yangtze River Tour on offer, this is partly the reason for the Dolphins demise........

8:27PM PST on Nov 13, 2010

Let us protect all of the habitats we have around the world. Please take care of them. I have heard of other atrocities committed by the Chinese. I assume that all the world commits atrocities and these have to be stopped.

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