An aerial photograph taken of the suspected whale that was spotted in Hong Kong waters on Monday show that the mammal has several head injuries. The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, along with the Marine Police, has been patrolling the areas where the whale was sighted in the hopes of ensuring that the public does not get too close to it.

The cetacean, which is likely a pygmy sperm whale according to the Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society, was first spotted in Deep Water Bay on Monday morning and at Sham Shui Kok on the evening of the same day.

Government authorities patrolling Hong Kong waters in search of the whale spotted in the territory earlier this week.
Government authorities patrolling Hong Kong waters in search of the whale spotted in the territory earlier this week (© Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department)

The latest picture of the whale was taken on Tuesday and reveals a number of wounds on its dorsal side, calling to mind the images of the Bryde’s whale that was in SAR waters in mid-July. Before the whale was found floating motionlessly in the vicinity of Sai Kung in early August, photographs taken of the mammal showed scarring from suspected propeller injuries.

Authorities urge the public not to approach the whale and to keep at least a 100-metre distance from the mammal if they come across it. The Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society says that, unlike some other whales and dolphins, pygmy sperm whales do not chase waves created by boats.

An image of the Bryde's whale spotted in Hong Kong between July and August showing scars from propeller injuries.
The Bryde’s whale spotted in Hong Kong between July and August had scars from propeller injuries (© Sunny Tong Photography)

Last month, the carcass of a finless porpoise was found in Victoria Harbour, near Central piers 6 and 7. While details about the cause of its death have not yet been released, three other finless porpoises found in Hong Kong this year died after being entangled in fishing gear.

See also
Hong Kong Whale Spotted With Propeller Scars On Its Back, Marine Experts Tell Public To Stay Away From Mammal

Header image credits: Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation via Facebook

Share this article with your friends ~
5/5 - (1 vote)

From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

Add comment