|Beautiful pinkies on our tour!|
Chinese Pearl River Delta Dolphins or Pink Dolphins are actually white. They turn pink from excersize due to over sized blood vessels that are close to their skins surface. It is very similar to our blushing after a long run. The pink also has become deeper in color the more exposed they are to pollution which can make their skin more irritated. Unlike most dolphins pink dolphins don't live in large pods. They will stay together mommy and babies for a while and then the babies will go off on their own. They tend to stay in similar areas as their family. (Like when you go away to college only two hours away from home, so you can still do your laundry and come home on weekends.)
To go dolphin watching you first need to make a reservation with the Hong Kong Dolphin Watch. They only operate on Wednesday, Friday and Sundays. (They also will do charter trips and sometimes do special runs on public holidays, just ask for more info.) You will meet the bus at the Kowloon Hotel behind the Peninsula Hotel in TST. From there, you will take a bus to the Tung Chung Ferry Pier and get on a boat. The boat ride is about two- three hours long in total. If you get sea sick, it gets a bit bumpy sometimes. They have drinks, cookies on board for the kiddies and for me! My mom and I snuggled up into a big comfy seat and cuddled as we headed out (it was a bit misty and chilly that morning) then we moved up to the front of the boat when we got closer to the dolphin area.
|Mommy ready to see some dolphins!|
Also recently, there has been discussions of creating a third runway for the HK International Airport. As much as we need another runway we also need to consider the effects of the construction of the HK environment. Dolphins have very sensitive ears and sonar systems so they are greatly affected by the noise of construction in their habitats.
|Mommy dolphin! Her baby was missed in the shot!|
Dolphins are the only other creature than humans to have sex for pleasure. They are also are known to have orgies and gang rapes due to this part of their nature. My mother was as equally disturbed by this fact as I was. So, we see the dolphins rolling around and I assume "RAPE!!" Turns out, I was so right! The tour guide at the end of the trip informed us we were viewing a mating ritual and I yelled "TOLD YOU!" to my mom. She was not amused...
|Catching some rays on the way to Tai Wo!|
|Terrible tour guide blocking my shot!|