Volunteers for the protection of finless porpoises gathered in Nanjing on Saturday to call for strengthened protection. Let’s take a close look.
Winter has brought a season of activity for the finless porpoises as the cute finless porpoise has made a surprise appearance by the Yangtze River.
“I was very happy just now. I took a photo of the tail of a finless porpoise, which is very cute. I came here during the summer vacation and did not took a photo of the finless porpoise. I am particularly lucky to be able to take photos of the finless porpoise today,” said a child.
“I arrived here early this morning and found that the back of the finless porpoise is very smooth, and its head is triangular. The finless porpoise is very cute and I really like it,” said a child.
“This year is the third consecutive year that Nanjing has held an observation activity for the finless porpoise. There are over 200 people observing simultaneously, distributed at 13 observation points, including professional monitoring personnel, nature photographers and enthusiasts, as well as some biology enthusiasts and university student volunteers. Some citizens also participated in this activity with their children,” said Jiang Meng, Executive Vice President and Secretary General of the Nanjing Porpoise and Aquatic Life Conservation Association.
From September to March of the following year, the Yangtze River finless porpoise stably inhabits the waters of the Yangtze River in Gulou District of Nanjing, where people can watch their movements up close. There were many unexpected discoveries during this year's synchronous observation process.
“We are particularly pleased to have finless porpoise recorded for the first time at our newly-installed Sanshanji observation point this year. This year, we also made a discovery that the Yangtze River finless porpoise activity has been observed at various observation points since 7 am, indicating that the range of finless porpoise activity is gradually expanding. This is a very good sign that there are more places suitable for urban activities of finless porpoises,” said Jiang Meng, Executive Vice President and Secretary General of the Nanjing Porpoise and Aquatic Life Conservation Association.