This report by Whale and Dolphin Conservation is all about the Hong Kong White Dolphin. They are asking whether it is a nail in the coffin for the ‘White’ Dolphin. Many years ago when I lived in Hong Kong we used to see these very obviously ‘Pink Dolphins’ reguarly on trips out to Chep La Kok Island, just off the New Territories. The island also had an ancient archaeological site on it and I remember frantic digging going on in order to get as much information as possible from the island before it was destroyed.
Hong Kong relies on a huge amount of reclaimed land. When Stone Cutters Island was ‘bridged’ and no longer became an island I was there. I remember reading newspaper reports about the hundreds of fish that were found floating in an area that used to be supplied by water, but wasn’t any longer.
I also remember sitting on my balcony overlooking Chep La Kok when suddenly I saw an explosion. The first of many as they literally flattened the island in order to provide material for landfill in order to make the new airport. Did Hong Kong need a new airport ….. yes I’m sure it did. But as with all progress in technology and society it is very often the apparently ‘small’ actions we take that have the greatest impact. In order to have an airport in Hong Kong we flattened an histotric site and we have all but wiped out a species. I’m sorry, but that is just wrong. We are not God, and while we have the power in some circumstances to wipe out a whole species, it saddens me that we do not have the intelligence, after all this time, to take responsibility for all the other creatures on the planet.