Yes, pink dolphins are real — and they are quickly vanishing from Hong Kong

The rare pink dolphin has lived in the urban waters of Hong Kong for quite some time.

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Due to the unique color of its skin, the marine mammal has become a symbolic emblem of the city’s history and culture. But as time goes on and the pollution and habitat loss continue to increase, scientists in the area anticipate the pink dolphin will vanish forever.

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Conservationists fear that the ongoing construction of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge put additional stress on what the Chinese refer to as the white dolphin. But in a scientists circle, they are known as Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins (Sousa chinensis).

Chinese white dolphins are born gray but become pink as they grow older.

Dolphin biologist Samuel Hung Ka-yiu is the chairman of the Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society, who has worked with pink dolphins in the city for nearly 20 years.

When asked about what he was doing to help, he shared his thoughts and plans with the National Geographic.

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