In Search of the Baiji: An Adventure in China
by D. W. Hoard and S. Wachter
Update 1995: A Female Baiji
On December 27, 1995, we received the following email from Zhang Xianfeng:
Subsequent news reports stated that the female dolphin had been injured by fishermen prior to her capture, but was recovering well and interacting nicely with the small group of finless porpoises already in the Shishou reserve. Unfortunately, the female died in June of 1996 after becoming entangled in a net that separates the semi-natural reserve from the Yangtze River. Extreme flooding of the Yangtze was blamed in part for contributing to the conditions that allowed the baiji to become trapped in the net.