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Dolphin Awareness Month
The month of March is when we celebrate and raise awareness of dolphins! In addition to the series of interesting facts about dolphins and OPCFHK’s Marine Life Stranding Response Team on our social media channels, let’s explore more of our resident species.
 
The Chinese white dolphin, also known as the Indo Pacific Humpback Dolphin, can be found in western water of Hong Kong and the adjacent Pearl River Estuary. Many people refer them as “pink dolphin” because of their white or pink colour; however, their colour actually changes with age – newborns are dark grey, and their color changes to white or pink as they grow up.
                                 Chinese white dolphin                                        Indo-Pacific finless porpoise stranded in Hong Kong
Besides the commonly known Chinese white dolphin, Indo-Pacific finless porpoise is another cetacean species that resides in our local waters year around. In Hong Kong, they mainly occur in southern and eastern territorial waters, but can also be seen in certain area near Lantau where they share habitats with Chinese white dolphins. As the name implies, their most distinct feature is that they have no dorsal fin and their head is beakless. In fact, other than the two local species, many other species of cetacean have appeared in Hong Kong waters before.
 
Remember the pod of false killer whales spotted swimming through Victoria Harbour earlier this year? Since the establishment of the Marine Life Stranding Response Team in 2006, OPCFHK has actually recorded over 10 other species of dolphins and whales passing by or unfortunately stranded in Hong Kong.
(Data from Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong)
In addition to the efforts by researchers and other related parties, the best way to help protect these marvelous creatures is to adopt the mindset of cherishing our oceans! The alarming high number of stranding cases in 2019 has brought our attention to the destructive impact of marine debris, and “ghost nets” in particular as they are death traps for marine animals. We can all play a part in conserving our marine ecology and biodiversity by reducing ocean waste today and properly dispose used fishing gear!
Open Day Cancellation
In response to the latest situation of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, Ocean Park has been temporarily closed until further notice. Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong has decided to cancel the monthly open day at the Hong Kong Marine Life Stranding and Education Centre on 12 April. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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