Oceanic Dolphins

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

The plight of Hong Kong's dolphins


What happened? A news report says boat traffic and underwater noise in Hong Kong's waters are proving too much for Chinese white dolphins (Sousa chinensis chinensis). Numbers have dropped sharply.


7 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Dolphins at Ocean Park 'should be set free'

Ocean Park should take a lead in ending the practice of keeping dolphins in theme parks, a renowned conservationist said yesterday.

At a forum attended by Allan Zeman, the attraction's boss, Richard O'Barry said most dolphins captured in the wild were imported into China.

This meant the park could play a key role in stopping the trade.

17 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

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

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

Nothing that happens to dolphins in a tiny tank has conservation value

How can Ocean Park possibly claim that the behaviour dolphins are made to display in its shows is natural ('Ocean Park urged to end dolphin 'circus'', January 1)?

What is natural about swimming around endlessly in a concrete tank?

8 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Ocean Park's water babies

Ocean Park visitors who love 'water babies' are having a great 2011.

Earlier this summer, two female sea lion cubs were born.

Meanwhile in March, a bottlenose dolphin called Angel gave birth to Angelo. When he was 10 days old, Angelo already weighed 14kg. He now weighs more than 50kg and is eating 10kg of fish a day.

31 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Without a survival plan, our dolphins are doomed

A few weeks ago, I hopped on a junk and went looking for dolphins. We had some great sightings in the Sha Chau and Lung Kwu Chau Marine Park, but equally memorable were the threats to these beautiful creatures: contaminated mud pits, high-speed ferries, trawlers scouring the seabed, and the site of the new bridge to Zhuhai and Macau.

4 Jul 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

Dolphins under 'serious threat' from third runway

Building a third runway at Hong Kong's airport will pose a serious threat to the dwindling population of Chinese white dolphins, experts warn. But they are unable to quantify the extent of the threat.

Some specialists predicted their demise with the building of Chek Lap Kok airport off North Lantau in the mid-1990s.

7 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

More help sought for mainland dolphins

Regional effort needed for conservation

Dolphin experts have called for more co-operation from the mainland in protecting Chinese white dolphins.

This was one of the conclusions yesterday after the closing of a five-day workshop organised by the Hong Kong branch of the conservation group WWF and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society.

12 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Miss Dolphin

Artist BIEN Wing Yip (also known as b. wing) is glad that she can do something to help protect the Chinese white dolphin - one of the world's most endangered species.

5 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Hong Kong's mascot deserves greater care

The Chinese white dolphin held centre stage at the handover celebrations a decade ago, having being made Hong Kong's mascot for the occasion. With the 10th anniversary of the handover looming, not only is the dolphin apparently missing from the official guest list but it is also feeling increasingly unwelcome in its natural habitat.

2 Jun 2007 - 12:00am