WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Rare pink dolphins have been sighted in Hong Kong’s waterways after traffic significantly lessened during the pandemic.
- The Chinese white dolphin’s sightings have increased by 30% since March last year.
- The slowdown in both human and vehicular activity in the river has given scientists the chance to study the aquatic mammal.
As people stay home during the pandemic and human and vehicular traffic lessens, wildlife sightings have increased.
Fish can now be seen in the canals of Venice. Coyotes roam the streets of San Francisco while dingoes have been exploring the streets in Australia. A wild puma even wandered the streets of Santiago, Chile.
Now, rare pink dolphins of Hong Kong’s dense waterways have been sighted.
Since March last year, there has been a 30% increase in sightings of the Chinese white dolphin, or the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin because of the lack of ferry traffic in the Pearl River Delta.
Before the pandemic hit, the waterway that connects Macau and HongKong was filled with ferry boats.
According to University of St. Andrews marine biologist Lindsay Porter, last year, only 52 from the estimated 2,000 river dolphins entered the waters.
The lack of traffic has allowed a rare glimpse into the behavior of the aquatic mammal as Porter and her team had the chance to study them by dropping microphones into the water.
As observed, the dolphins have adapted quickly to the river delta environment now that people and vehicular traffic have been less in the river delta. The pandemic has given them the reprieve from the busy activities in the river.
The quick adaptation and recovery in the population of the mammals could cause the decline in its population to increase instead. This would mean that a serious conservation strategy can be formulated based on their studies that could work to bring this animal from the brink of a dwindling population.
The presence of the aquatic animals and other wild animals in the areas where they have once avoided is a sign that given a chance for nature to recover, these animals can really bounce back. The question that biologists now face is how much time is needed.
Source: Good News Network