Rare Hong Kong dolphin numbers dwindling quickly
HONG KONG (AFP) - Conservationists on Tuesday warned that the number of rare Chinese white dolphins in Hong Kong waters has fallen to its lowest level in a decade of monitoring, and urged the government to immediately create more protected areas.
The number of the marine mammals, also known as pink dolphins for their unique colour, has fallen from an estimated 158 in 2003 to just 78 in 2011 and 61 in 2012, the Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society said.
"They will slowly disappear from Hong Kong if we don't do anything now," society chairman Samuel Hung told AFP.
"We are very worried that the dolphin numbers will keep dropping and will never recover."