Subject: Black Finless Porpoise Settle (fwd)

Michael Williamson (pita@whale.simmons.edu)
Tue, 22 Apr 1997 13:35:55 -0400 (EDT)

Subject: Black Finless Porpoise Settle

Black Finless Porpoise Settle in New Home

   WUHAN (April 18) XINHUA - A school of 29 black finless porpoises
have given birth to 11 baby porpoises since leaving their former home
in the main course of the Yangtze River and settling in a new home last
year.
   The rare mammals now live in the Tian'ezhou White-Flag Dolphin National
Nature Reserve in central China's Hubei Province, free from the
polluted water of the main course, and the dangers of motorboats and
fishing equipment.
   The success story of the black finless porpoises offers scientific
proof that the white-flag dolphin, a rare mammal on the verge of
extinction in the Yangtze River, can be relocated for protection,
scientists said.