The first Speaker's Event organised by the Hong Kong Boating Industry Association was hosted by the international law firm, INCE, and presented by Dr Lindsay Porter.
When it comes to marine mammals in Hong Kong, this passionate scientist is Hong Kong's answer to David Attenborough. Dr Porter is a senior research scientist at the University of St Andrews, home to the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU), and oversees all of the university’s marine mammal research. She is an expert on the two species of marine mammals found in Hong Kong – the Chinese white (or pink) dolphin, and the finless porpoise, and she has now been studying these unique and endangered creatures for more than 20 years.
Both species are negatively impacted by continued habitat degradation, and population numbers are plummeting. Long term studies of the dolphins have revealed much information on social dynamics, life history patterns, and habitat use; the finless porpoise is rather more elusive.
The audience of Association members and guests were completely enthralled by the presentation, and now know how to tell the different species of cetaceans apart - or at least try to!
“Lindsay Porter 海洋博士之海豚探究”
Lindsay Porter博士為蘇格籣St.Andrews科學大學高級研究員, 將為我們首位倡導環保主講者. 其工作範圍參與海洋哺乳類動物研究組 (簡稱SMRU), 此為世界最大專注海洋哺乳類動物研究及教學設施. Lindsay以香港為基地, 為該大學對亞太區所有海洋哺乳類動物研究及科學分析. 與此同時, 在港對海洋哺乳類動亦有20年經驗.
香港乃中華白海豚 (或稱粉紅海豚) 及寬吻海豚之居所. 此兩種生物現正受持續海洋生態破壞及數量大輻下降沖激. 於長期觀察所得, 大大加深對其群體社交, 生命周期及棲息地認知. 不過, 對寬吻海豚認識仍然蕪糊. 現今新科技可以提供對此極少數海洋哺乳動物較深入研究及我們巳開始對此非凡物種對香港極其重要有更全面認知.