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.

Tuesday, 3 January, 2012, 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

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

Tell-tale signs of the intruder's species

LIFEGUARDS INITIALLY told Stanley Fisherman's Association that the marine mammal that made its way through the net was a Whaleshark. Whalesharks are actually the largest species of fish, growing up to 15 metres in length and weighing 20 tonnes.

9 Sep 2001 - 12:00am

Porpoise death to be probed

The corpse of a 1.73-metre finless porpoise was recovered off the Tuen Mun cargo handling area, the eighth of the species found dead in SAR waters this year. An examination will be held to determine the cause of death.

28 Sep 2000 - 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

The $8-million sea search

GLASSY seas off Sai Kung ruffle white when hit by a gusty breeze. But apart from the slap and fizzle of parting waves as the yacht Delerium Tremens ploughs southwards, the water seems serene.

17 May 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

Sea of concern in HK over future of White Dolphin

Dolphins and porpoises are marine mammals belonging to the order cetaceans, which also includes whales.

The World Conservation Union's Cetacean Specialist Group recognises about 43 dolphin and porpoise species, which are generally referred to as small cetaceans.

Some confusion exists about the terms dolphin and porpoise.

14 Oct 1996 - 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