New sighting of ‘extinct’ Chinese dolphin reported

There may still be hope for China's Yangtze River dolphin, which was recently declared extinct, after China Daily on Wednesday reported the animal had been spotted and filmed.

"A man with a decoration company in east China’s Anhui Province spotted a ‘big white animal’" on August 19, and filmed it with a digital camera, China Daily said, citing Wang Kexiong, a professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Hydrobiology .

The institute confirmed the animal in the footage was indeed the Yangtze River dolphin, known in Chinese as the "baiji", the report said.

"Many people have believed that baiji is extinct and this finding brings us a sliver of hope," China Daily reported Wang Ding, a leading expert on the species, as saying.

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