The wild Chinese white dolphin will soon have nearly 300 square miles to roam off the shores of Taiwan, after the country's Forest Bureau announced a designated habitat for the species. Considered one of Asia's most threatened species, there are fewer than 100 of them left around Taiwan.
According to the Asia One News, this is the first habitat designed to protect wild marine animals in Taiwan. The Forestry Bureau said that the habitat will be officially launched within 30 days, and will ensure that all construction and land developments along the coast must pass environmental impact assessments. In addition, anyone caught trawling -- an invasive form of fishing -- within three nautical miles of the dolphin habitat will face stiff fines.
The Chinese white dolphin is an iconic species in Asia, especially in Hong Kong, where it is beloved for its friendly nature and distinctive pinkish coloring. The species faces major threats from overfishing, water pollution and heavy marine traffic, along with coastal development. To learn more about the Chinese white dolphin -- and efforts to help save the species -- see the World Wildlife Fund's page.