Traveling Dolphin Anatomy Dolphins have outstanding vision in and out of the water. In the water, their eyes are protected from the sea water by mucus secreted from glands at the outer corner of the eye. Their ears, small and hard to detect, are located just behind the eyes and have no flaps or lobes.
Animals[ edit ] Ocean Park holds over 12, animals and highlights its educational and scientific research programmes, alongside the animal displays and entertainment. Endangered birds and butterflies are also hatched and reared at Ocean Park.
After quarantinethey made their first public appearance in Giant Panda Adventure on 1 July In AugustJia Jia became the oldest breeding panda in the world at the age of Sadly, Jia Jia began to suffer the effects of advanced aging in Octoberrefusing most food and fluids and rapidly losing weight.
On 16 October, after having been found unable to walk, her vets decided to euthanize her.
Then age 38 in panda yearsshe was sometimes billed as the oldest panda in the world. She was definitely known to be the oldest panda in captivity. Although there is no such certain data regarding pandas in the wild, their life expectancy in the wild is 15 to 20 years, giving the claim a good likelihood of being correct.
The dolphins, a father and daughter pair, were separated to ensure that they do not mate with each other. This marked an important stage in reproductive physiology and controlled breeding of marine mammals.
Orca — Miss Hoi Wai Main article: Chinese sturgeon[ edit ] The Chinese sturgeon were introduced to the park inand as ofOcean Park houses nine Chinese sturgeonsdisplayed in Chinese Sturgeon Aquarium — Yangtze Exploration. The fish made their debut on 20 June On 14 Julyit was announced that Hong Kong would receive another five sturgeons from the Chinese National Aquatic Wildlife Conservation Association in time for 8 August opening ceremonyto complement the four fish already in situ.
A third one died from an injury and two nine-year-old sturgeon were found to be ill in January The two sick fish, measuring 2. Holders of a diving certificate can even enter the Grand Aquarium, while an overnight camp within its dome offers a drier way to view the underwater world.
There are behind-the-scenes tours of many facilities, often including the chance to get close to animals such as penguins, seals and other polar animals.
Animal mascots[ edit ] Ocean Park introduced a waving sailor sea lion named Whiskers known as Wai Wai in Chinese as its major mascot in It has a capacity of 4, passengers per hour with cable cars on two pairs of ropeways.
Each car can hold six passengers. This themed ride utilises multimedia effects to simulate the feeling of travelling into the depths of the sea.
This route has since stopped its regular service due to a decline in passenger numbers. Passengers may use any of the Aberdeen Tunnel bus routes and walk to the park from the Aberdeen Tunnel Toll Plaza bus stop.
Car[ edit ] The Park is also accessible by taxi, private hire car or personal car. The park provides some car park spaces close to the main entrance, however the car park can be busy during peak times.
Conservation[ edit ] Ocean Park puts much effort into education and research about animal conservation, by operating observatories, laboratories, an education department, and the Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong OPCFHKa fund that advocates, facilitates and participates in the conservation of wildlife and habitats, with an emphasis on Asia, through research and education.
Ocean Park Hong Kong was the first institution in the world to successfully artificially inseminate bottlenose dolphinsand has developed several new breeds of goldfish. Ocean Park has created education programmes, such as the Ocean Park Academy OPAbegun inthrough which the Park runs educational tours for schoolchildren and workshops for teachers from the Hong Kong Institute of Education.
Every year, the Park offers over 35 core courses for around 46, students on six big topics: MMBRC is divided into 6 separate activity zones, and provides behavioural training and basic husbandry to the dolphins.
It also plays a part in research work on the echolocation capabilities of dolphins.
Criticism[ edit ] Ocean Park has been criticised by wildlife advocates for certain practices including the wild capture of large sea animals, such as dolphins and orcaand the presentation of shows featuring such animals performing.
Opponents have highlighted their views on international "Empty the Tanks" day — a non-violent multinational demonstration that aims to end the capture and sale of wild dolphins to marine parks, where the creatures are said to die younger and breed much less.
There is concern for the psychological state of the mammals alongside their physiological needs.Ocean Park Corporation Ocean Park, Aberdeen, Hong Kong Telephone: () Facsimile: () Part of the programme proceeds will go to the Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong to support its research projects and public awareness programmes for wildlife conservation in .
Ocean Park is the largest Hong Kong theme park and famous for its panda, dolphin, jellyfish in aquarium as well as those rollercoaster and rides. Location Location! Beachfront Location, overlooking the beautiful Indian Ocean, just a stone’s throw to the beach. Let the sounds of the Ocean send you to sleep!
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