Scientists recently found that checking sand mining in Dongting lake in China can help the rebounding of the population of the Yangtze finless porpoise.



  • Previous reports had shown the porpoise were pushed out of certain stretches of their habitat due to sand mining.
  • The Chinese government announced a crackdown on illegal sand mining along the entire length of the river Yangtze.


About Yangtze finless porpoise

  • The Yangtze River, the longest river in Asia is home to these porpoises.
  • Yangtze finless porpoise is known for its mischievous smile and has a level of intelligence comparable to that of a gorilla.
  • These are very small compared to whales and slow-moving inhabitants.
  • These are good indicators of the health of their environment.
  • Conservation status — IUCN Red List: Critically Endangered