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December 13th, 2006

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12:57 pm
The White River Dolphin (AKA Baiji) is officially extinct.

What makes this species particularly worthy of note is that Douglas Adams of "So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish" fame wrote about them in "Last Chance to See" -- probably his only serious work.

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Date:December 13th, 2006 09:02 pm (UTC)
Freaky. I was just thinking about Douglas Adams for the first time in many months less than half an hour ago.
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Date:December 14th, 2006 01:10 am (UTC)
ALSO poor dolphin. My avatar and I are very sad. ):
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Date:December 13th, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC)
This hurts me so much. That dolphin was really special. And very cute.
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Date:December 13th, 2006 09:25 pm (UTC)
How sad...

Dolphins are one of my favorite creatures, so it saddens me that an entire race of them would die off. Sigh, how sad...
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Date:December 14th, 2006 09:02 am (UTC)
What a beautiful creature. This is truly a tragic loss : (

As a side note, China's economic transformations worry me. The article remarked that part of the disappointment of losing the species was the lost revenue (!). WTF? That sort of economic sensibility is probably precisely what lead to the poor dolphin's extinction.

As they say, you don't know what you've got till it's gone. Only when the environment is completely destroyed will people realize that they left it out of their economic calculations. I heard a while back that the Chinese were converting from bicycle to automobile transportation. Can you imagine 500 million more cars on the roads?! The rush was causing a concrete shortage in the world. Even the "starving kids in China" we were told about at the dinner table are mostly not starving any more--China now has a growing problem with obesity! You would think that at this point, China would be able to learn from other country's mistakes.

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