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  1. Study finds mammals alive and well

    Posted Aug 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Cheung Chi-fai Up to 29 beluga whales can be removed from the wild each year without harm says a four-year sustainability assessment commissioned by five aquariums worldwide, including Ocean Park. The study, conducted between 2007 and 2010, focused on the ...

  2. Officers seize 600kg of dead pangolins

    Posted Aug 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Michael Au michael.au@scmp.com A mainland-bound boat carrying 600kg of frozen pangolins- an endangered scaly anteater- was intercepted in Deep Bay by the Marine Department ... are believed to have medicinal properties. 'This was the first anti-smuggling operation this year that involved the illegal import of pangolins,' said Inspector Cheung Siu-wai, of the marine ...

  3. Big blue

    Posted May 20th 2009, 12:00am by Ellen Whyte

    ... are easy to spot in the water, it's quite difficult to study these big mammals. Blue whales usually swim at about 10 km/h. But when they want to, they can swim at speeds of 50 km/h. They also ... quite safely. But as we can't dive and swim as well as these mammals, we use video cameras or 'crittercams' to see how whales live. Crittercams are stuck onto the whale's ...

  4. In blue whales' wake

    Posted Jul 23rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... and Matthew Tam Yu-kong, two science students at the University of Hong Kong, spent two weeks in Sri Lanka. They worked with leading marine biologist Asha de Vos and her team. Their mission: to study how ship traffic endangers the graceful marine mammals. Their field trip was part of Ocean Park Conservation Foundation's University Student Sponsorship Programme, which gives aspiring ...

  5. Hunting ban may not be enough to save the whales

    Posted Jun 24th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... depletion of some species of the giant mammal has been reversed. Nevertheless, whales have lost none of their power to stir the emotions of conservationists. It surfaced in acrimonious debate ... the ocean, 1 per cent of them are large industrial vessels that can take 60 per cent of the global catch. Overfishing is not the only problem. Sixty per cent of the marine world and its rich ...

  6. News - World - ENVIRONMENT

    Walrus calf saved in Alaska headed for Brooklyn

    Posted Oct 11th 2012, 12:00am by THE NEW YORK TIMES

    ... research and responds to strandings of marine mammals. (Pakak, nicknamed Pak, will arrive at the Indianapolis Zoo tomorrow.) Mitik- or Mit, for short- was weak from illness and smaller than Pakak ...

  7. Sea change for Ocean Park?

    Posted Sep 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... of the beluga whales' importation. He pointed out that, viewed in a broader perspective, they actually indicate a trend away from the wild capture of marine mammals. What stood out most, Macalister ... is against the wild capture of marine mammals- and the park was considering importing juvenile belugas that can live for 60 years in the wild. 'Imagine how people will feel towards that kind ...

  8. The bear necessities of wildlife protection

    Posted Nov 15th 2007, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... agencies. The conservation union deploys thousands of scientists to track the threats all land mammals face around the world. According to its report this week, only the brown bear and the American black bear are not under threat- for now. The other six are either vulnerable or endangered. Polar bears, described as marine mammals, have been classified as vulnerable since last year. ...

  9. No compromise on commercial whaling

    Posted Jun 16th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in the 19th and early 20th centuries. About 30,000 of the giant, intelligent, mammals have been caught despite the moratorium; opening the door so they can be killed legally in stipulated quantities ... Their status at the top of the marine food chain means that for the sake of ecosystems they have to be protected. The moratorium on their culling can't be compromised; instead of being weakened, ...

  10. Lawmakers support ending seal imports

    Posted Nov 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... lawmakers.' The Canadian government-backed hunt, which takes place off the east coast of Canada, is reported to be the world's largest slaughter of marine mammals. Canada's Department ...




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