A BBC news report says that China has established a reserve area on its southern coast for the endangered white dolphin, Sousa Chinensis. Pollution is thought to be a major factor in current decline of the population.
The plight of the white dolphin was one of the projects Stephen Leatherwood was working on when he died of cancer in 1997. Stephen was a Ph.D. student at TAMU, and graduated from there in 1996. He already had a long list of publications on cetacean biology before going back to school to get what he called his “academic union card”.