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The Real Number of Existing White Dolphins in Hong Kong Now Revealed

Apr 12, 2017 05:02 PM EDT

Dolphins' Activities Underwater can now be monitored using cutting-edge cameras
(Photo : BaLu - Relaxing Nature/Youtube) Dolphins' Activities Underwater can now be monitored using cutting-edge cameras

A team of researchers has finally found out a comprehensive number of Hong Kong's exclusive white dolphins. There have been loads of speculations about the total number of such dolphins available in the region. But the group, originally belonging from the University of Hong Kong (HKU), has denied all the earlier counts presented by other units and has also clarified the reason for the existence of such dolphins in the city.

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According to Science Daily, the group has presented such data, which actually differs from all the popular beliefs. Dr. Leszek Karczmarski, Associate Professor at the Swire Institute of Marine Science and School of Biological Sciences, HKU rightly said: "it differs very substantially from the estimates reported in Hong Kong for the past many years."  He even denied the term called 'Hong Kong dolphin population,' which according to him was a vague thing massively promoted by Hong Kong major media.

As per a report by Phys, Mr. Stephen Chan, a PhD student in Dr. Karczmarski's Lab claimed that the most of the dolphins seen in Hong Kong are the integral parts of the Pearl River Estuary (PRE) population. Being unaware of the administrative border between Hong Kong and Mainland water, they come from another bigger sphere of water to the limitations of Hong Kong. Chan further stated that approximately 368 dolphins now permanently live in the waters of Hong Kong.

Chan's knowledge was published as an integral part of their study in 'PLOS ONE' journal. The study which was authored by him was published on March 29, 2017. The publication even reasonably denied the fact of some 60 remaining white dolphins which was earlier claimed by Hong Kong's Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD). However, the average total number of dolphins has been hinted to change in near future as well.