How Did the Yangtze River Dolphin Become Extinct?
✦ Furthermore, when the Chinese decided to develop the Yangtze as a waterway, the riverbed was dredged and even reinforced with concrete in some places. This, along with pollution, resulted in the loss of habitat for the Yangtze River dolphin.
✦ The construction of the Three Gorges Dam didn’t just result in the loss of habitat for the species, but also provided a boost for shipping traffic. The traffic increased over the course of time, and so did the size of ships.
✦ The increase in shipping traffic also translated into more noise pollution, as a result of which the nearly blind and disoriented baiji collided with ships, and even got caught in propellers.