Last known female Yangtze giant softshell turtle dies
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I'm surprised she didn't became turtle soup
The Yangtze river's plight is one of the worst manmade disasters, only really surpassed by the destruction of the Aral Sea. To give you an idea of how much the Yangtze was destroyed by dams, we've only driven one cetacean to extinction, and that's the freshwater dolphin called the Baiji in the Yangtze in the early 2000s. It's genus name, Lipotes, even is descriptive of the manmade extinction of it, originating from the Greek word Leipo and Latin word Lipotes, meaning "Left Behind" or "Abandoned".
Learning about this turtle's death hit extra hard with the knowledge of how much effort was put into the fruitless attempts in trying to get it to breed.
(Check the Conservation Efforts section)
Why do the most outstanding, one of a kind creatures on Earth have to be the most threatened by humanity? I can only hope that the Chinese Giant Salamander doesn't go down the same path as the Baiji and the Yangtze giant softshell turtle. Pretty much losing the world's largest freshwater turtle is already tough enough, I can only hope that the world's largest salamander AND amphibian are not next.
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