Breathing Room: Hong Kong’s Last Pink Dolphins
Why We Recommend it
Breathing Room – a documentary selected for Young Talents Award at the Innsbruck Nature Film Festival 2018 revealing the latest findings about Chinese white dolphins – will be screened as a part of Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society’s Science Festival.
Directed by young Hong Kong documentary filmmaker Daphne Wong, the 30-minute documentary sheds light on the plight of the Chinese White Dolphin in Hong Kong. It features the research and conservation work that is being done to conserve them, and discusses the implications of habitat loss due to continuous coastal developments for these iconic pink porpoises.
The Chinese White Dolphin (Sousa chinensis) has been living in the waters of Hong Kong for hundreds of years. The dolphin, which is in fact pink in appearance, is nicknamed ‘Panda of the Sea’, due to its rarity and friendliness. Despite being chosen as the handover mascot in 1997 when Britain returned the region to China, the Chinese White Dolphin’s fate is not auspicious at all. Their numbers have plunged 75% since 2003, and the species was recently uplisted to the ‘Vulnerable’ status in the IUCN Red List. They are facing multiple threats, including habitat loss due to coastal development, water pollution, and danger of collision with vessels.
The screening is companioned by a conversation with a line-up of ecological experts, including Taison Cheng, President of Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society, as well as Dickson Wong, one of the HKWildlife.net moderators.
Please note that the Cantonese documentary will be supplemented with English subtitles. Registration is required for the free event.