The baiji was a graceful animal, with a long, narrow and slightly upturned beak and a flexible neck. As opposed to some other freshwater dolphins, like the Indus River dolphin, its eyes were functional, although greatly reduced. Its coloration was bluish-gray to gray above and white to ashy-white below. It weighed 135 – 230 kg (300 – 510 lb) and measured as much as 2.5 m (8.2′) in length.
A group might have congregated in the quiet area of an eddy for 5 – 6 hours. At night the baiji often rested in areas of very slow current. Several underwater acoustic signals were apparently used for communication and echolocation. Baijis generally lived in small groups of 3 – 4 animals, which may have come together to make up a larger social unit of 9 – 16 dolphins.
“Unlike most historical-era extinctions of large bodied animals, the baiji was the victim not of active persecution but incidental mortality resulting from massive-scale human environmental impacts – primarily uncontrolled and unselective fishing.”
our art is meaningless if it can’t find a way to communicate our morality. our morality is flawed because it includes willful destruction of life. it doesn’t matter how abstract it is, if art does not include within it the real acceptance of what suffering is, then it is worthless. abstract art is not about transcending anything, it is about laying bare the foundations of what makes us destroy and cause harm, uncovering the rotten core. this is why we need alchemy, because the horror is too great to be left alone.