Thursday, March 19, 2009

Finless Porpoise

Went to club last night, the music was good though kind of in a Christian Death vein. Stuart and I hung out with Bill and Andrew and complained about 4th edition D & D and discussed the artist colonies popping up in Detroit. It is possible that Detroit is going to be a very interesting place in about 20 years. 

Goal for the week 14hrs
work on the sphinx


Re-run from livejournal

Remember the Yangtze river dolphin that went extinct and was in the papers not to long ago, it actually was not the only cetacean in that river there also still was and still is the Finless Porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides). Locally they are far less appreciated then the Yangtze river dolphin, while the dolphin was being called a river goddess and they are referred to as river pigs. Fortunately they are found in other places as they are very rapidly declining in the Yangtze, which just isn't very habitable for cetaceans at this point. A few of them were moved to the conservation area intended for the Yangtze river dolphin, which is good as they are quite endangered in China. There actually are no estimates as to how they are doing in other places, they just have never been counted. They are odd as they are found in both fresh and saltwater environments, they are some of the smallest cetaceans, and they lack a dorsal fin. In saltwater environments they tend to spend most of their time near the coast and they do reasonably well in captivity for ceteceans living up to 15 years and having bred. They also are adorable I'm not sure why they don't make the pretty dolphin calenders and what not.

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