A team from the Ocean Park Conservation Foundation (OPCF) yesterday (24/3/2015) examined the dead body of a Chinese white dolphin found in waters near the Hong Kong airport.
The carcass was first spotted floating off of the Brothers, a pair of islands to the northeast of the Hong Kong International Airport.
The team was unable to determine the cause of death since the body was severely decomposed, but samples were collected for further study.
“Unfortunately, we can only confirm the cause of death in less than 10 percent of cases, mainly because most of the carcasses are badly decomposed when discovered,” said Shadow Sin, the assistant manager of scientific projects for OPCF.
It’s the third cetacean stranding case reported so far this year. This month also so the death of the injured dolphin nick-named ‘Hope’.
Hong Kong’s Chinese white dolphins, widely known as pink dolphins, are threatened by habitat loss and marine traffic.
The range of pink dolphins in Hong Kong has shrunk substantially since the construction of the Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok.
If you spot a dead or distressed animal you should immediately call the Hong Kong government hotline at 1823.
Images by Ocean Park Conservation Foundation