Chinese White Dolphin

Chinese White Dolphin

The Chinese white dolphin (Sousa chinensis) inhabits the waters of Southeast Asia and is a humpback dolphin species. Its body length is 2 - 3.5m (6ft 7in - 11ft 6in) for adults and 1m (3ft 3in) for infants. At birth, the dolphins are black but they change to grey, then pinkish with spots when young. By the time they reach adulthood they are white. According to the World Wide Fund for Nature, the Chinese white dolphin was first recorded in Hong Kong waters as early as the 1600s and its habitat spans the Pearl River Estuary.

Injured and ailing Chinese white dolphin put down at Ocean Park

Hope the dolphin is believed to have been injured by the propeller of a boat’s outboard motor. Photo: SCMP Pictures

A critically injured Chinese white dolphin which was captured by an Ocean Park team last week was given a lethal injection after its health worsened.

Wednesday, 11 February, 2015, 10:58am 5 comments

Injured Hong Kong dolphin rescued and sent to Ocean Park for treatment

The injured dolphin was found off Lantau.Photo: Gary Stokes

A wounded Chinese white dolphin found in Hong Kong waters last month was rescued yesterday afternoon after 18 days of search efforts and sent to Ocean Park for treatment.

7 Feb 2015 - 12:35am 6 comments

Move mountains to save dolphins, Hong Kong green groups say in third runway debate

The government approved the no-fly zone over the park in 1999 in the interest of "public safety", to prevent "unnecessary noise" and "visual disturbances" by low-flying aircraft, a year after the airport's opening. Photo: Ken Fung

A plan to shave the peaks off two hills on northeast Lantau Island could have increased the airport's capacity in a cheaper and more environmentally friendly way than building a third runway, concern groups say.

28 Apr 2015 - 10:55am 2 comments

Dolphin discovered in Hong Kong waters with boat injury getting worse say scientists

Dolphin discovered in Hong Kong waters with boat injury getting worse say scientists

Video showing the dolphin first spotted off the southwestern coast of Lantau Island last month with a large gash on its fin and back after what is believed to have been a collision with a tour boat's outboard motor. (Photo: Cetacean Ecology Lab, The Swire Institute of Marine Science, HKU

5 Feb 2015 - 9:00am 1 comment

A look at the dwindling habitat of Hong Kong's Chinese white dolphin

A look at the dwindling habitat of Hong Kong's Chinese white dolphin

Hong Kong biologist, Dr. Samuel Hung, takes the SCMP on a research trip to West Lantau to see the conditions the Chinese white dolphins living in the Pearl River Estuary are facing. Recently, he told the Post, conditions are much worse. 

5 Feb 2015 - 9:01am

Work on delta bridge linked to expected decline in dolphin numbers

Construction work on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge is linked to the expected decline in Chinese white dolphins.

A report to be released within days is expected to partly blame the impact of construction work on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge for a continuing steep decline in the number of pink dolphins in Hong Kong waters.

16 Jun 2013 - 6:42am 1 comment

Hong Kong must act to save pink dolphins, conservationists say

Pink dolphins in Hong Kong waters. Photo: AFP

WWF Hong Kong called for an interdepartmental task force to be set up to find ways to save the dolphin population and for steps to be taken to halt reclamation projects they fear could push the mammals to the brink of extinction in Hong Kong waters.

12 May 2013 - 5:50am 3 comments

Hong Kong's iconic pink dolphins are disappearing fast

A mother with her dead calf in Hong Kong waters in an incident similar to one filmed last week. Photo: Red Door/Dolphin Conservation Society

Figures due next month will show a major decline in the number of pink dolphins - also known as Chinese white dolphins - found in Hong Kong waters at any one time, says Dr Samuel Hung Ka-yiu, chairman of the Dolphin Conservation Society.

5 May 2013 - 5:03am 9 comments

Video of grieving pink dolphin mother underscores plight of disappearing species

A pink dolphin is seen in Hong Kong waters.

WATCH THE VIDEO | Distressing scenes as a mother fought to stop her dead calf from sinking into HK's polluted waters have highlighted plight of iconic pink dolphins.

5 May 2013 - 2:32pm 1 comment

A new meaning for 'consultancy'

Imagine a 50-storey high tower of gravel and mud with a base the size of Victoria Park. That's roughly the initial estimate for the landfill needed to build the sea wall for the proposed road linking Tuen Mun and Chek Lap Kok airport.

24 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

There's still hope for dolphins

It's a special sight off the island of Lung Kwu Chau, near Tuen Mun. Dozens of bubble-gum pink dolphins and grey youngsters were merrily riding waves and chasing fish. The weather was dreary, but the Chinese white dolphins were having the time of their lives.

6 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Banking on DNA to save the Chinese white dolphin

The battle to save the endangered Chinese white dolphin received a boost yesterday with the launch of a DNA database aimed at improving long-term conservation efforts.

The genetic research project will be a collaborative effort between the Ocean Park Conservation Fund and the Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou with funding from ANZ Bank.

15 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Trying to save dolphins

The Ocean Park Conservation Foundation will allocate HK$5 million to research that focuses on dolphins and pandas.

27 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Airport admits dolphin impact map misleading

A senior Airport Authority executive apologised yesterday for what activists described as a deliberate toning down of the proposed third runway's impact on Chinese white dolphins in a public consultation document.

18 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Fewer dolphins found in area

A marine conservationist says the plight of the Chinese white dolphin may worsen because the number of the threatened marine mammals seen in Hong Kong waters has fallen by more than a half in seven years.

8 Jun 2011 - 12:00am