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Spill May Harm Rare Dolphins

November 15, 1998|Associated Press

BEIJING — An oil spill in southern China has threatened the Chinese white dolphins, which already are on the verge of extinction in waters off Hong Kong.

The spill, which occurred when two ships collided Friday, left an oil slick about six miles long off the mouth of the Pearl River in Guangdong province, about three miles from the habitat of the white dolphins, the China Daily reported.

The white dolphins near Hong Kong are actually pink. They're also found off South Africa and Australia, where their colors are blue, gray or green.

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