'WUHAN, July 3 (Xinhua
) — Undeterred by the scorching summer sun,
64-year-old photographer Yang He patiently awaits at the bank of the Yangtze
River in Yichang City of central China's Hubei Province every noon to capture
finless porpoises with his shutter.
"At noon, the ray of sunlight is strong enough to penetrate the river surface,
so I can see what's going on in the water. Moreover, there's a higher
likelihood of finless porpoises coming to the surface when the water gets
warmer," said Yang, who started taking photos of finless porpoises five years
He told Xinhua
that the finless porpoises are reminiscent of his childhood.
"I have vivid memories of playing by the riverbank and witnessing herds of
finless porpoises frolicking in the water," recalled Yang, adding that as human
activity intensified in the Yichang section of the Yangtze River over the
years, it became increasingly challenging to catch sight of these magnificent
Known as the "giant panda of the water," the Yangtze finless porpoise is under
top-level state protection and serves as a barometer of the Yangtze River
To restore the biodiversity along the river, China imposed a full fishing ban
in 332 conservation areas of the Yangtze River basin in January 2020. The move
has since been expanded to a 10-year moratorium along the river's main streams
and major tributaries, effective Jan. 1, 2021.
By the end of 2022, China had channeled over 26.9 billion yuan (about 3.71
billion U.S. dollars) to support fishermen after they gave up using nets and
boats on the Yangtze River.'
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