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Whale watching has been good for whale populations, tour companies say.Photo: NYT

Have you ever been eyeball to eyeball with a humpback whale? I have. I even dreamed about it later that night. It was such a unique experience. All the more amazing for the fact that not so long ago, this magnificent mammal was slaughtered in these same seas.

Saturday, 1 September, 2012, 4:43pm

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

Shark 'over-reaction'

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department probably over-reacted by closing 12 beaches across the city after Sunday's reported sighting of a whale shark off Lamma Island.

Beaches in Island and Southern districts were re-opened on Monday after no further reports of sightings.

4 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Shark empties beaches

Twelve beaches on Hong Kong Island and Lamma Island were closed after a shark was spotted near Shum Wan on Sunday afternoon.

The giant fish might be a whale shark. After receiving a report from a civilian, the police asked for an aerial search of the area.

3 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Park's decision 'bad for belugas'

A marine mammal expert who spent four years studying beluga whales in Russia claims the decision not to import them to Hong Kong may do more harm than good to the near-threatened species.

Marine mammal scientist Olga Shpak said Ocean Park bowed to political pressure by deciding not to exercise its option to import six wild-caught beluga whales from the Okhotsk Sea.

2 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Sea change for Ocean Park?

When Ocean Park was on the verge of bringing beluga whales from the wild to Hong Kong, it looked like the only thing standing in the way was public opinion.

19 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Survey findings reveal a pro-import public

The results of two surveys, being made public for the first time, are surprising in the light of Ocean Park's decision to cancel its import of beluga whales from the wild.

19 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Ocean Park sets whale example

The days of zoos putting animals solely on show for the amusement of visitors have largely gone. Environmental awareness means most parks are now dedicated to the conservation of endangered species, education and research, and consider entertainment a secondary concern.

7 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Cousteau's son urges Zeman to save whales

The son of the late, world-renowned oceanographer Jacques Cousteau has called on Ocean Park to help release back into the wild the six beluga whales it considered importing to Hong Kong.

5 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Beluga whales won't be coming

Ocean Park has abandoned its plan to import wild-caught beluga whales from Russia, following an outcry from animal welfare groups.

Chairman Allan Zeman and his fellow executives decided yesterday morning to drop the option of bringing in the near-threatened species for the park's new Polar Adventure attraction, which opens next year.

30 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Study finds mammals alive and well

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.

19 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Park to test water on whales

Ocean Park wants to know what you would think if a group of beluga whales was captured in the wild and brought back to Hong Kong for display in a new North Pole attraction.

18 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Up to 29 belugas a year could be caught, report says

Beluga whales are classified as 'near threatened', but up to 29 can be removed each year from the wild in Russia.

That is the finding of a four-year sustainability assessment commissioned and sponsored by five aquariums around the world, including Ocean Park.

18 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Rare tuna offerings hit raw nerve

A row has broken out over the sale of critically endangered bluefin tuna at the Food Expo.

At loggerheads are an international conservation group, exhibitors and the Trade and Development Council, which organises the expo.

13 Aug 2011 - 12:00am