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.
I am a ex marine biologist now working for a garment company but am still passionate about marine biology and oceanography. I studied Marine Science and completed a PhD in Antarctic deep-sea ecology and biodiversity including two expeditions to the Antarctic and one to the Artic. I fell in love with HK's rich marine environment when I was a child and I have seen it change seomtimes for the better, but also for the worse since my childhood. This blog is my collection of interesting facts, news and articles that celebrate and educate on HK's diverse marine environment.
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