Tuen Mun’s Gold Coast Yacht Club is playing host to a surprise guest after a young dolphin was seen swimming in the harbour. The dolphin, which is estimated to be about one metre in length, has apparently been in the area for over a day, with Apple Daily reporting that it had been stuck for 27 hours at around 2pm today.
The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) has already been notified, and sent three officers to observe the situation this morning.
While Apple Daily maintains that the young cetacean is trapped by the boats in the harbour, President of the Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society, Hung Ka-yiu, told Hong Kong Animal Post that he believes the dolphin was simply lost and would not require human assistance at the moment.
Hung identified the dolphin as a young pantropical spotted (Stenella Attenuata), a species often seen in Taiwan, but not common in Hong Kong’s waters. Hung also theorised that the dolphin was only in Hong Kong by mistake, and said he hoped it would eventually find its way back out to the ocean.
A spokesperson for the AFCD said that the department would discuss countermeasures with dolphin experts at Ocean Park, and reminded yachtowners not to disturb the animal.
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