Finless Porpoise

China's famous 'river pigs' close to extinction: WWF

File picture of finless porpoise. Photo: Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society

China’s wild finless porpoises are heading toward extinction, the World Wildlife Foundation said, with the dolphin-like animals now rarer than the giant panda.

Saturday, 30 March, 2013, 1:12am

Short Science, December 30, 2012

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30 Dec 2012 - 7:12am

Probe in death of finless porpoise

Marine biologists are investigating the death of a finless porpoise found washed onto a public beach at Cheung Chau yesterday afternoon.

The 1.5-metre porpoise, with minor wounds on its body, was spotted at about 3pm at Tung Wan.

3 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Greens and islanders fight HK$10b plan for marina

More than 200 Lamma Island residents and environmentalists staged a protest yesterday against developers who want to build luxury flats and a marina on a 26-hectare site.

27 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Conservation corridor in new Lamma plan

A new plan by the developer of the Baroque on Lamma residential project to create a 'conservation corridor' on low-value agricultural land while pressing ahead with its villas on eco-sensitive areas has been labelled unrealistic by a green group.

13 May 2011 - 12:00am

Scientists investigate porpoise death

The fisheries department is examining how a finless porpoise died after its carcass was found yesterday in Middle Bay, near Repulse Bay. The 1.8-metre-long creature, academically known as Neophocaena phocaenoides, was spotted near a shark net yesterday morning and a lifeguard dragged it ashore.

3 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Green matters take A back seat

Land use and planning - not conservation - seem to be key issues of debate about whether South Soko should be the site for CLP Power's liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal.

Deserted since the closure of the Vietnamese boat people detention centre in 1996, the island became a haven for leisure fishing and bird watching.

12 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Island site littered with turbulent history

Once a quiet fishing community, South Soko Island has had a turbulent recent history that may see it turned into Hong Kong's most important energy base.

The island lies almost at the southwestern tip of Hong Kong, not far from popular beaches on South Lantau.

2 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Nature's cruel way

Sai Kung resident Rob Arrow with a porpoise he found washed up on the beach in Sheung Sze Wan. The one-metre finless dolphin was found early yesterday morning. Its head had been injured and some of its skin had peeled off.

10 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Report sounds alarm for Yangtze and its wildlife

The Yangtze River is the world's most endangered waterway and its wildlife faces extinction due to excessive damming, an international environmental group says.

In a new report entitled Rivers at Risk, the World Wide Fund for Nature warned that many of the rare animal species living in the 5,550km-long river basin cannot survive the threat.

23 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Scientists find 133 rare porpoises

The first acoustic study of Hong Kong's finless porpoise population has revealed 133 of the rare creatures in surrounding waters over a two-month period.

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) with dolphin researcher Connie Lai Hong-yu from Hong Kong University's Swire Institute of Marine Science, recorded the porpoises from March to May this year.

28 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

$8m project for finless porpoise gets go-ahead

A study into the elusive finless porpoise will start early next year after the Government in principle approved an $8 million research project.

The Chinese white dolphin has a dorsal fin, which pokes out of the water and is easy to see, but finding the finless porpoise is more difficult.

28 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Dredging endangers porpoises of Po Tois

PORPOISES in the eastern waters of Hong Kong could be losing their habitat to dredging, much as their cousins, the Chinese White Dolphin, have lost ground in the western waters.

15 Nov 1993 - 12:00am