The scales and meat of this harmless creature are highly prized for their medicinal properties, similar to the rhino. They have also been poached to the edge of extinction as illegal trade in this creature has continued unabated. It has been placed on the vulnerable to the critically endangered list.
Yangtze Finless Porpoise
There are only about 1,000 to 17,500 of these porpoises left in the wild. This rare finless porpoise is now on the critically endangered list. It is the last dolphin species to be found in the Yangtze river in Asia. Our children are unlikely to see this porpoise in anything other than pictures in the next 30 years.