Dugongs become extinct in Chinese waters

(ORDO NEWS) — The dugong, a marine mammal that has lived in China’s southern waters for hundreds of years, is now considered extinct in the country, according to a new study.

CNN writes about it.

A study by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences found that fishing, ship collisions and human-caused habitat loss have led to a rapid decline in the number of dugongs in Chinese waters since the 1970s.

The report states that “this is the first functional extinction of a large mammal in China’s coastal waters.” Dugongs have not been seen here since 2008.

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