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Chinese river dolphin (Baiji)
An illustration of the Baiji
Size comparison against an average human
Scientific classification
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Lipotidae
Genus:
Lipotes
Species:
Lipotes vexillifer
Natural range of the Baiji

The Chinese River dolphin (Lipotes vexillifer) or Baiji is a river dolphin. It was found only in the Yangtze River in China. The baiji was declared extinct in 2007 by the Chinese Academy of Science.[source?]

Description

The baiji is a graceful animal, with a long, narrow and slightly upturned beak and a flexible neck. As opposed to some other freshwater dolphins, like the Indus River dolphin, its eyes are functional, although greatly reduced. Its coloration is bluish-gray to gray above and white to ashy-white below. It weighs 135 - 230 kg (300 - 510 lb) and measures as much as 2.5 m (8.2') in length.