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Dolphins that are as pink as bubble gum.

Some might think the closest you can get to eco-tourism in Hong Kong is watching a shark?s fin floating in a bowl of soup.

india Updated: Jan 19, 2006 15:22 IST

Some might think the closest you can get to eco-tourism in Hong Kong is watching a shark’s fin floating in a bowl of soup. But travellers who are tired of crowded concrete sidewalks, gleaming skyscrapers and glitzy shopping malls don’t need to go far to find a natural seemingly mythical wonder: dolphins that are as pink as bubble gum.

Hong Kong is one of the best places in the world to see the dolphins, known as the Indo-Pacific humpback species. Officials said that scientists don’t know why the dolphins living off Hong Kong’s coasts are pink.

They’re usually white, gray or yellow in other places, such as South Africa and northern Australia. One theory is that the dolphins lost their need for camouflage because they live in brackish water where rivers meet the sea areas where predators like sharks aren’t found, officials said.

The pink colour is believed to be caused by blushing, the flushing of blood to the skin to regulate body temperature. There are probably 150 dolphins in Hong Kong’s waters and another 200 or so off the coasts of the nearby Chinese cities of Zhuhai and Macau.
But the population is struggling because of the increase in sewage, industrial pollution and the loss of habitat by massive land reclamation projects, as per the officials.

First Published: Jan 19, 2006 15:22 IST