Ocean Park chief Allan Zeman rejects claims its dolphins are overworked

A dolphin receives a reward from its trainer yesterday. Photo: Sam Tsang

Ocean Park has dismissed claims that its dolphins are being overworked and used as a tool to lure more visitors, adding that human work concepts are not applicable to the sea mammals.

Tuesday, 14 August, 2012, 4:14am

In blue whales' wake

In April, whale watchers off Sri Lanka's southern coast were greeted by an unsettling sight: the lifeless body of an 18-metre-long blue whale. Its nearly severed tail was floating in the water.

23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Whales the stars of thin story

Like oil tycoon J.W. McGraw (Ted Danson) says in Big Miracle, helping save whales is good for public relations. There are so few ways to go wrong. And that's precisely the feel of the film - it knows it can't go wrong as long as whales are the subject matter and saving them is on the agenda. Because really, who would criticise a film with such a positive message?

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Dinosaur puts bite on visitors

Incredible paintings come to life in Hangzhou. These 3-D, lifelike images were created using perspective and shading techniques to fool the eye of visitors. Witness a roaring dinosaur bursting into the room. Visitors also have the chance to interact with the exhibits to feel the special effects, such as feeding an elephant, pulling the tail of a tiger or kissing a dolphin.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Whaling loophole needs to be closed

Historical sensitivities still set the bilateral relationship between Japan and Korea apart. Now they see eye-to-eye on an activity that many of their friends find repugnant and inhumane. South Korea has announced that it plans to resume catching and killing whales for 'scientific research', a loophole in the 26-year moratorium on commercial whaling long exploited by Japan and Iceland.

16 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Can whales predict a tsunami?

Do whales hear earthquakes long before humans do? A few years ago, when an underwater earthquake happened between Indonesia and Sri Lanka, some people at sea noticed that every whale and dolphin quickly disappeared.

11 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Diver takes conservation role

The Ocean Park Conservation Foundation appointed four-time Olympic diving gold medallist Guo Jingjing as a marine conservation ambassador at its annual charity dinner last week.

'Water has been an important part of my life since an early age, so I care deeply about the fate of marine life,' Guo (pictured) says.

30 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Hunt causes worldwide ripple effect

The Issues

Some dolphins are caught and sold to theme parks, but most are killed for food. Some are killed for 'pest control', or culled, because there are too many dolphins eating fishermen's catch and affecting their livelihood.

29 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Bloody truth of man's cruelty to creatures

Animals feel pain and should be treated with respect, just like you and me. In some countries, anyone that deliberately beats, injures, or slaughters animals in a way that makes them suffer can be charged with animal cruelty.

28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

I love Hong Kong ... I nominated Henry Tang

Tycoon Li Ka-shing, the city's richest man, stands his ground

The dolphin show before my time was purely about entertainment. What I see now is a very simple tank show. What's really important is the message

Ocean Park boss Allan Zeman, upon being urged to set his dolphins free

17 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Groups still seeking clarification on dolphins

Animal welfare groups yesterday pledged to continue their campaign to persuade Hong Kong Airlines to stop carrying live dolphins amid confusion over whether the practice would continue.

A letter to one group last week by the airline's British office in response to protests over the carrying of live dolphins suggested the practice would be halted immediately.

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Airline 'unlikely' to fly wildlife again

Hongkong Airlines said yesterday it was 'very unlikely' it would agree to transport wildlife again after being heavily criticised by animal welfare groups worldwide for flying live dolphins on its cargo planes.

28 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Airline faces boycott over dolphin cargo

Hongkong Airlines faces a passenger boycott unless it agrees to stop transporting dolphins on its cargo planes, animal welfare groups warned yesterday.

The airline sparked outrage by flying five live dolphins from Osaka in Japan to the Vietnamese capital Hanoi on January 16.

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

DNA research provides clues to dolphin deaths

Young conservation volunteers have helped to build the largest DNA bank for Chinese white dolphins.

The team, working for the Ocean Park Conservation Foundation (OPCF), have collected more than 120 samples of teeth, skin and internal organs from dolphin bodies that have washed ashore.

6 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Ocean Park urged to end dolphin show 'circus'

Animal welfare groups are urging Ocean Park to phase out its trademark dolphin performance, which they say is outdated and 'circus-like' and gives a distorted impression of the animals' life in the wild.

1 Jan 2012 - 12:00am