An injured dolphin found in waters in south China’s Guangdong Province was removed from a dirty river (photos) and taken to an animal preserve. It had injuries to its dorsal and tail fins, and echolocation which caused it to become disoriented.
Chinese white dolphins are a humpback dolphin species living in the waters of Southeast Asia and the Pearl River Estuary. There are also smaller populations living throughout the coastal areas of the Pacific and Indian oceans. For example, about 400 are believed to live off the coast of South Africa.
Reportedly, they tend to avoid boats and people, which is a good survival strategy considering how much damage boats do to marine life. They typically grow to be six to eleven feet long and can live for 40 years. Born black, they change from gray to pink to white in adulthood.
Their population is believed to be in decline due to threats such as overfishing, water pollution, heavy marine traffic, and coastal development.
They have been documented in Chinese waters going back to the 1600s and currently near Hong Kong they could number more than 1,000, though there is concern due to the decrease in the number of younger dolphins observed recently.
Image Credit: takoradee
Note: the dolphin pictured above is not the one rescued from the river, but it is the same species.