Date
11 December 2017
A conservation group says water pollution could have caused the death of a porpoise and what is believed to be a stillborn calf. Photo: Ming Pao
A conservation group says water pollution could have caused the death of a porpoise and what is believed to be a stillborn calf. Photo: Ming Pao

Dead porpoise and ‘stillborn calf’ spotted off Sandy Bay

A decomposing porpoise and what is believed to be a stillborn calf were found in the waters off Western District Sunday, the seventh dead cetacean in Hong Kong waters this year, Apple Daily reported Monday.

The 1.5 meter-long grey porpoise was spotted around 5pm Sunday in waters near a wastewater treatment plant on Sha Wan Drive in Sandy Bay. It was missing its head and attached to what appeared to be a stillborn calf, the report said.

Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society chairman Samuel Hung said water pollution could have caused the suspected stillbirth. 

The Hong Kong Ocean Park Conservation Fund said two dolphins were stillborn last year, both of which resulted in fatal infections to the mothers. An autopsy will determine the cause of death in this case.

According to conservation fund figures, 254 dolphins, porpoises and whales have been stranded in shallow waters over the last nine years, including 69 Chinese white dolphins. There have been more than 20 dolphin and porpoise deaths this year, on par with the same time last year.

– Contact us at [email protected]

EL/AC/SK

EJI Weekly Newsletter

Please click here to unsubscribe