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Old January 27th, 2011, 06:20 PM   #61
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Aqua City deaths make splash
27 January 2011
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Aqua City, part of the HK$5.55 billion expansion plan of Ocean Park that took five years to build, was inaugurated in a grand ceremony last night.

Its egg-shaped Grand Aquarium, one of the world's largest tanks, has about 5,000 fish representing 400 species and covers an area twice the size of the original display.

However, the attraction will open today amid accusations by conservationists that a lot of its newly acquired fish have died.

Many hammerhead sharks and Pacific bluefin tuna, described by the park as ``new animal ambassadors'' to greet guests over the Lunar New Year, died before the aquarium opened owing to mistreatment, an Ocean Park source revealed.

Green Sense and Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society quoted the source as saying that the park imported 40 hammerhead sharks from Japan but more than two-thirds died after they were crowded in a quarantine pool.

And 10 of the 80 bluefin tuna, also imported from Japan, died after being placed in a pool with a water filtration system and quality control system that were not yet ready.

``The park ignored the well-being of the animals and concealed the death toll from the public,'' dolphin conservation group chairman Samuel Hung Ka- yiu said.

Some bluefin tuna died several weeks ago due to ``inadaptability in the new pool,'' a park spokeswoman said, quoting autopsy reports.

Both species imported for the park are not on the endangered list and were acquired in ``rescue operations'' in Japan.

Chairman Allan Zeman said:``It wasn't because of mistreatment. It's not because of the way they were brought in. We have the highest standard.

``It's like human beings. Some people die and babies are born every second...We have many, many fish born in Ocean Park.''

Management expect the opening to help boost visitor numbers by 15 percent this year.

A nighttime water and fire special effects extravaganza, Symbio is featured in the The Lagoon, with colorful dragons dancing on the world's only 360-degree water screen.

There are also more than 1,600 square meters of retail space and three new food outlets in the flagship theme zone. But a new plan to sell milk powder to tourists, mainly from the mainland, was shelved following public controversy.
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Old January 27th, 2011, 07:37 PM   #62
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Ocean Park Offers Brand New Retail and Dining Options to Complement Opening of Aqua City 15,000 Sq-ft Themed Retail Space, Exclusive Merchandise Collections and Aquarium-side Dining Complete New Ocean Park Experience
13-01-2011
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(Hong Kong – 13 January 2011) Ocean Park today unveiled a series of brand new retail and dining offerings specially launched to complement the widely-anticipated 27 January opening of its new flagship theme zone Aqua City. Guests can choose from over 20,000 merchandise items, in the comfort of 15,000 square feet of shopper-friendly, themed retail environment. To appeal to wider customer segments, Ocean Park has developed new exclusive product lines, including jewellery and items bearing conservation messages, and created with Chocolate Rain a unique collection available only at Ocean Park. Aqua City will also feature Ocean Park’s first personal health and beauty store to meet guests’ needs. Catering for the diverse dining needs and tastes of guests, Aqua City will have three distinctive outlets, including Hong Kong’s first and only fine dining location within an aquarium. With the opening of Aqua City, a day at Ocean Park promises to offer fresh experiences in all aspects of theme park enjoyment.

Integral to the iconic and whimsical design of Aqua City are two buildings positioned like a pair of stretched arms to greet all guests when they enter and leave the Park. On one side is the East Retail Building, home to four shopping outlets including Waterfront Gifts (apparels and accessories), Celebrity Store (decorative gifts , hard goods, plush toys and kids’ corner), Ocean’s Charms (jewellery) and Aqua City Crafts (premium gifts). The seven product categories are presented in distinctive theme zones that guests can conveniently traverse without leaving the building.

The West Retail Building, on the other side of the main entrance, houses two unique retail outlets. Ocean Potions is Ocean Park’s very first personal health and beauty product store, offering guests a variety of products for their daily needs. For guests who want to create beautiful images of their wonderful time at the Park, there is Shutters, Ocean Park’s first dedicated photography studio.

Shirley Louie, Senior Retail Manager of Ocean Park, said, “Ocean Park has greatly expanded its retail offerings to satisfy the diverse needs and tastes of our guests. For instance, we have introduced a line of premium goods that ranges from neckties, home decorations to jewellery accessories. There are also beautiful new items for weddings, baby showers and more. To further enhance product variety and enable guests from the Mainland to shop for daily necessities, we have created our first-ever personal health and beauty store. Guests visiting the new flagship theme zone Aqua City will not only come away with wonderful memories, they will also be able to take home fantastic new gifts and souvenirs for themselves or for families and friends.”

Education and conservation are two important elements of Ocean Park. The Park therefore also offers retail items like games, books and puzzles that nurture the mind, and donates a percentage of proceeds from panda related products to Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong, to support panda habitat rebuilding efforts and conservation.

As Hong Kong’s People’s Park, Ocean Park has always been supportive of local creative talents. On the occasion of the opening of Aqua City, Ocean Park is unveiling a new collection of products developed in collaboration of Chocolate Rain, the internationally renowned homegrown design brand, whose works have been exhibited at some of the most prestigious museums in Europe and the United States. Exclusively available at Aqua City, this new collection includes tote bags, coin purses, key holders and tee shirts.

Prudence Mak, one of the founders and designers of Chocolate Rain, said, “We are thrilled to work with Ocean Park as Chocolate Rain is inspired by childhood dreams and wonderland adventure, two themes that the people of Hong Kong have been associating with Ocean Park. The collaboration will not only increase our brand exposure to the millions of tourists that visit Ocean Park, it will also encourage local design talents in their creative work.”

The opening of Aqua City will also mark a new chapter in culinary experience at Ocean Park as the new Grand Aquarium will feature the 210-seat Neptune’s Restaurant, Hong Kong’s first and only aquarium exhibit-side restaurant. Guests will be able to savour the finest gastronomic offerings while enjoying panoramic views of a majestic underwater world. Among the Chinese, Japanese and Western delectable items on the menu are a series of Healthy Stone Cook items such as Australian Wagyu Sirloin, Kagoshima Pork Loin and New Zealand Lamb Rack, as well as Japanese Bento Boxes. To support and promote the conservation of endangered marine species, Ocean Park not only made available a number of sustainable seafood dishes as menu options for diners, items red-listed in WWF’s sustainable seafood guide have also been removed from all menus.

Aqua City will also feature Ocean Park’s first-ever bakery. Aqua City Bakery, located at the West Retail Building, offers guests a relaxing moment of rest and reflection during a day of festive fun to enjoy a wide variety of homemade baked goods, such as cookies and quiches, as well as Hong Kong’s world-famous egg tart and sago pudding. Visitors to Hong Kong thus will not have to leave Ocean Park in order to sample truly authentic local foods. Those who take delight in alfresco dining would be glad to know that they can take in spectacular fountain shows while seated under the marquee of the Lagoon Lakeside Snacks Kiosk.

Stephen Chow, Food & Beverage Operations Manager of Ocean Park, said, “The opening of Neptune’s Restaurant marks a new chapter in the culinary landscape of Hong Kong as guests will certainly be carried away by the stunning view of our underwater marine world, just as the launch of Aqua City will take marine-based theme park experiences to new heights. Local guests and overseas visitors celebrating special occasions will soon have one more great reason to visit Ocean Park!”
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Old January 28th, 2011, 11:25 AM   #63
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Bumper catch of tourists at Aqua City opening
28 January 2011
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Lions, celebrities and thousands of excited tourists were on hand to celebrate the opening of Aqua City.

The latest Ocean Park attraction features a massive three-story aquarium containing rare fish such as Pacific bluefin tuna and the endangered Napoleon fish.

The dome-shaped viewing area is the largest in the world, with a 5.5-meter high and 13m wide viewing panel.

Ocean Park chairman Allan Zeman, along with Cantopop stars Gigi Leung Wing-kei and Leo Ku Kui-kei, welcomed the first family to enter the park.

That honor went to Annie Sidley and her family, who had been at the gates since 8.30am. Sidley was accompanied by her three-year-old daughter Maia, as well as her parents.

But following Wednesday's revelation that some hammerhead sharks and Pacific bluefin tuna have died, environmental activists Green Sense tried to stage a protest at the main gates.

But, within minutes, they were told to leave by police.

As guests filed in to view the more than 5,000 fish in the main tank, it seemed like environmental issues were the last thing on their minds.

``It's very natural-looking and impressive,'' said Surinder Sethi, a tourist from India. ``I especially like the manta ray because it is very rare that you get to see such a fine specimen up close.''
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Old January 30th, 2011, 05:37 PM   #64
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Watch fish swim by as you snack on seafood
27 January 2011
South China Morning Post

It's the newest attraction at Ocean Park - sit watching fish and then point out to the waiter what you'd like for your seafood dinner.

Don't worry, says chief executive Tom Mehrmann, green groups helped design the menu of Neptune's Restaurant - where marine life circles the diners behind a 13-metre-wide viewing panel - and the food comes from sustainable species (not the aquarium).

Park chairman Allan Zeman is proud of the restaurant, part of its new Aqua City zone. "It's the first one in the world that I see. You can watch the fish while dining. You don't have to go deep sea diving."

The Grand Aquarium, one of the highlights of the new Aqua City zone that was officially launched yesterday, features milk fish manta rays and endangered species such as scalloped hammerhead sharks and bluefin tuna. They are among the 5,000 fish of more than 400 species in the aquarium containing 5.2 million litres of water.

The park admits 10 of the 80 endangered bluefin tuna died en route from Japan. The Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society accuses the park of lacking in transparency in revealing information about the deaths of some animals.

Society chairman Dr Samuel Hung Ka-yiu, who said he was quoting a park employee, said more than 10 of 40 hammerhead sharks had died too due to overcrowding in a quarantine pool.

But Una Lau, the park's public affairs director, said only just over 10 hammerhead sharks were imported.

Zeman, who denied that hammerhead sharks had died, said the deaths of the bluefin tuna were natural. "It's quite normal {hellip} people die and babies are born every day," he said. "Fish die and are born.

"The aquarium in Japan told us the tuna we got, which were caught by a reputable fisherman, were meant to be sushi. We actually saved them as they would have wound up being sushi in a restaurant."

Hung said importing such fish created demand and led to unnecessary catching of the gravely endangered species. "Why couldn't they import other species of tuna which are not endangered. The public can't differentiate between the species. The park is no longer the Ocean Park we knew from childhood.

"Driven by a business mentality, they aim for the rarest species for gimmicky effect. Bluefin tuna swim very fast and long distances. They can only make circles inside the aquarium. Their policy on animal acquisition, which states that acquisition of animals from the wild is pursued only if the wild population is sustainable, is a joke."

Zeman said green groups always protested at the opening of aquariums. "It's a good time to protest. It's good that green groups keep us on our toes, but we can't always do what they want. Some animal conservationists say we should not have animals in captivity {hellip} [Ocean] pollution is serious [in Hong Kong]. People need to know about conservation. Criticising us is always easy {hellip} if we are just about rides, we will just be Disney."

The aquarium is double the size of the old one named Atoll Reef, which was closed last month for renovation and will house sharks in future.

At the entrance to the aquarium is a man-made blowhole, where ocean waves are simulated, and a touch pool containing starfish. An artificial lagoon in front of the aquarium is another highlight, where a show featuring pyrotechnics, water jets and laser lights will be put on every night.

Zeman points out another benefit of the new aquarium.

"People can get married in the tank if they have diving licence."

It's not just the acquisition of hammerheads and bluefin tuna for Aqua City that greens are criticising. They don't like the park bringing in beluga whales for Polar Adventure, an attraction to open next year.

Hung said: "Due to the big demand for the whales from the mainland, there are fewer numbers of the species in Russian waters. Russia doesn't know much about conservation. You can buy a permit for acquisition easily. The park is soon to be open, but they have yet to make public the research findings."

The theme park earlier confirmed it had been funding Russian research on beluga whales in the Okhotsk Sea since 2007.

Sun Ho-yan, senior project officer with Green Sense, accused the park of causing more global warming by building a simulated polar area that will consume a lot of power to maintain the freezing conditions required.

Zeman said he expected a 15 per cent increase in visitor numbers once the new attraction opened. "The Rainforest will open in May. This is a big year for Ocean Park."
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Ocean Park's polar exhibit will contribute to global warming
1 February 2011
South China Morning Post

Recently, there has been a massive promotion campaign by Ocean Park for its new aquarium, Aqua City.

The park has also talked about increasing its shopping areas, which will be suitable for mainland visitors. These zones clearly have no educational or conservation purposes.

In expanding these zones, the management at the park seems to have forgotten that it is supposed to be about education. It is important to go behind the facade and recognise some inconvenient truths.

It is now preparing for another attraction, the Polar Adventure, and will import many polar species. These animals are either purchased from various zoos or will be captured in the wild.

Take penguins and beluga whales for example. Being kept in zoos or aquariums has nothing to do with conservation of the species. It actually decreases their sustainability because their numbers are decreasing in the wild and so there is less chance of reproduction. Worse still, given the fact that Hong Kong is sub-tropical, the artificial polar habitat will require a huge amount of energy in order to simulate the cold environment.

The carbon dioxide emitted through the generation of so much electricity will aggravate global warming, destroying the wild habitat of all polar species. It seems ironic this is the case when presumably there is an educational purpose to the polar exhibition. Putting wild animals into an enclosed artificial habitat does not amount to conservation. In fact, it is a form of imprisonment.

Conservation requires the protection of the species' natural habitat and the improvement of their living environment. The best form of conservation involves observing them but leaving them alone. There should be no human disturbance.

When these animals are transported, the journey can range from a few days to a couple of weeks. Many of them die during or immediately after the transportation process. One of the species of blue-fin tuna was imported to Aqua City. During transportation, 10 died.

According to the Ocean Park Corporation Ordinance (Cap 388), it is a recreational and educational public park. It should recognise the importance of corporate social responsibility and avoid ecological damage and harming wildlife that is under threat. It should not regard threatened animals as good for an eye-catching advert, nor should it sacrifice the well-being of animals so they can become a tourist attraction.

The park rarely reveals how many newly imported animals have died. The conservation message it sends is confusing to the public. It blurs the line between environmental education and animal entertainment. Wildlife should not be owned like property by anybody. All lives, whether they be humans or animals, should be respected.

The next time people visit zoos or aquariums, they should ask themselves what these animals have done that they have to endure life imprisonment.

Roy Tam Hoi-pong, president, Green Sense
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Penguin in park first takes media plunge
The Standard
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Ichiko, the first penguin to be born at Ocean Park, stepped confidently into the media spotlight yesterday.

The Gentoo penguin entered the world just in time to welcome 2011 thanks to the efforts of parents Nobita and Shizuka, who were recruited from Japan.

Ichiko, which means "first" in Japanese, was born late on December 31. However its sex is still undetermined, as DNA testing can only be carried out after a year.

Senior curator Howard Chuk Hau-chung said the two- month-old chick has been gradually exploring its enclosure under the watchful eyes of its proud parents.

"We are very pleased that Ichiko is being raised by its parents, as sometimes penguins tend to either lose interest in their offspring, or not know how to raise them," Chuk said.

Gentoo chicks generally leave the nest after about four months, and can grow up to 90 centimeters, making them the third largest species of penguins.

Chuk said another two penguins have since hatched, although one died shortly after birth.

In the wild, penguins have only a 50 percent chance of surviving infancy.

The other chick is being hand- raised as it was abandoned at birth. It is still in the nesting stage and will be introduced to the other penguins in the next few months.

Members of the public wanting to see the chicks will have to wait, since they will not be unveiled until next year as part of the Polar Adventure zone - along with two other species, the King penguin and the Rockhopper penguin.

Ocean Park chairman Allan Zeman said the park hopes to double the penguin population before showing them to the public.

It currently has three species totaling 69 penguins.

Zeman described ticket sell-outs over Lunar New Year as encouraging, with 330,000 visitors since February 4.
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Ticket tap turned off in Aqua rush
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Monday, February 07, 2011

Ocean Park's admission tickets were sold out early yesterday for a second consecutive day in a vote of confidence for its latest attraction, Aqua City.

The crowd was so solid that people had to wait for up to 90 minutes for cable cars, for about an hour outside Aqua City, and for some 30 to 40 minutes for mechanical rides, a spokeswoman noted.

Ticket counters at the Citybus terminal near Admiralty MTR shut at 10am yesterday while the entire same-day admission ticket sales system was closed at 11am - 90 minutes after opening.

"The decision was made according to our normal practice," the spokeswoman said. "That is, we close the ticket counters when the in-park attendance reaches 32,000 - or 90 percent of the maximum in-park capacity 36,000."

That avoids overcrowding and is meant to ensure people already inside the park can enjoy their experiences, she added.

It was a similar story on Saturday, when the ticket facility at the Citybus terminal closed at 11am and all sales stopped at 1pm.

The last time the park closed its ticket counters early was at Lunar New Year 2006.

Attendance levels have increased by at least 15-20 percent since the opening of the giant aquarium complex on January 27.

"The opening of three retail outlets and also Neptune's Restaurant and Aqua City Bakery have also drawn in more visitors," the spokeswoman said.

But the closure of ticket counters does not affect group packages and those who have booked in advance, she noted.

"We anticipate attendance will continue to be high over the next few days," she added. "Visitors who have not booked tickets in advance are advised to check on the park's website for updated news and are also encouraged to select another day to visit Ocean Park."

Attendances on the first three days of the Lunar New Year increased by 30 to 50 percent compared to the corresponding period last year.

The increase also boosted overall retail sales from Thursday to Saturday by 50 percent on last year, while food and beverage sales were up more than 80 percent.
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Construction is almost complete on their new roller coaster, "Hair Raiser."

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It will be a sit-down "floorless" coaster with five loops.
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Been seeing a lotta facebook updates on the new aquarium.. maybe it's more impressive in person
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Ocean Park treat for 100 millionth visitor
19 February 2011
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A trip to Ocean Park as a treat for visiting relatives brought an extra surprise for a Hong Kong family yesterday afternoon. One of them was the 100 millionth visitor to the park since it opened in 1977.

The lucky one was Leung Wai-man, 35, who brought his wife Fok Wing-yi, 26, their two sons Tin-man, three, and Hoi-man, nine months, as well as Leung's cousin, her husband and son from Hangzhou to the park to see the new aquarium.

His family was given a lifetime pass to the park and the children received stuffed toys from staff.

The seven visitors were also treated to a meal at the park's new restaurant in the aquarium and received a pass to the aquarium's behind-the-scenes tour.

Park chairman Allan Zeman described yesterday as a milestone and "a really great day for Ocean Park".

He said inflation was putting pressure on the park, but it had no intention of increasing the admission fee at present, as restaurants and retail outlets were doing well. The last time the park raised its entrance fee was two years ago.

Zeman expected an increase of 10 to 15 per cent in admission numbers this year and the 200 millionth visitor in 15 years. He was confident new rides and expansion of the park would help boost attendance.

Leung, who works in an insurance company, said he was surprised and overwhelmed when he learned of his luck.

"Ocean Park is a part of my childhood, and I like the marine life here very much," he said.

The last time the family went to the park was a year ago.

The park received more than five million visitors last year, and 60 per cent of the visitors were from outside Hong Kong. It is estimated there will be 36 million visitors from the mainland this year and 40 million in 2012.
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Another 100 million in 15 years sounds very aggressive, given it took Ocean Park 30+ years to achieve the first 100 million.
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Hong Kong rare whales plan riles activists
14 February 2011
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Beluga whales are majestic, sociable creatures that live in small pods mostly in the icy waters around the Arctic circle.

They chat loudly with each other in elaborate clicks, clangs and whistles, have a big seemingly friendly smile and are, for a whale, relatively small -- meaning they can be easily kept in a large tank.

And that's exactly what's planned for up to a dozen of the rare mammals at a new attraction at an aquarium in Hong Kong.

"We want to use these iconic animals to deliver a message of conservation and education to our guests," Tom Mehrmann, chief executive of Ocean Park, told AFP.

"And we want to make sure that the pod is large enough for proper social dynamics to take place."

But outraged conservationists say the park's plans have highlighted the issue of aquariums "robbing the world's oceans" of already threatened species just to have a gimmick to sell to the paying public.

Ocean Park says it will try to source already captive belugas from other aquariums around the world but, if they can't find a pod that way, they admit they will look at getting them from the wild.

Yet the beluga, or white whale, is on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) "red list" of near endangered species and the US and Canada have effectively banned their capture and export from their waters.

Not so with the other big Arctic power.

"Capture of wild belugas still occurs in Russia, so that would be the likely source for this aquarium," says Brendan Cummings, a lawyer at the US Center for Biological Biodiversity that campaigns for Arctic environmental issues.

"Whales and dolphins have regularly been injured or killed in the act of capturing them, usually with nets. They panic, mothers may get separated from their young, and some may drown.

"So the capture of the animal often results in harm not just to the animal brought into captivity but also other animals in its group.

"Moreover, once in captivity, mortality is often quite high -- belugas have died in even the most modern facilities.

"Given these ice-associated animals will likely decline as global warming transforms the Arctic, we really should not be removing any of them from the wild, even from the healthier populations."

Ocean Park, which is a not for profit organisation owned by the Hong Kong government, has ambitious plans for the aquarium -- largely driven by the increasing number of tourists from mainland China.

The aquarium is making major additions. As well as the new Polar Adventure attraction, which is scheduled to open next year and will be home to the belugas, the park is also opening a new zone in May called The Rainforest.

Over five million people visited the aquarium last year, around 60 percent from mainland China. The park wants to increase the numbers through the gate to eight million by 2017.

"China is helping drive demand for rare marine mammals for aquariums," Dr Samuel Hung, chairman of the Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society, told AFP.

"There are at least 17 mainland aquariums with over 60 beluga whales imported -- so far.

"People do not need to gawp at these beautiful creatures going round and round in a big fish tank to know they're endangered. Robbing the world's oceans of rare species just reduces their numbers further. It makes no sense.

"Russian waters have never been studied sufficiently to really understand beluga numbers. And they don't breed well in captivity, so the chances of Ocean Park getting a pod from another aquarium are very, very slim."

The aquarium was also in hot water recently with local conservationists after it brought dozens of rare Pacific blue fin tuna to the park, around ten of which died on the way from Japan.

It was also criticised for opening an exclusive restaurant with a seafood menu beside a huge glass tank full of 4,000 sea creatures from 400 species -- some of them extremely rare.

"None of the fish in the tank are on the menu," Mehrmann told AFP over the sound of clinking knives and forks of diners as the school of tuna swam behind his head.

"Most of our guests are from big cities and they would never otherwise get the chance to get so close to these animals. We can create a bond between people and the ocean. It's the greatest connection to nature they can possibly get."

Ocean Park insists it has a strict animal acquisition policy which complies with all international regulations and any animals taken from the wild are from sustainable sources.

The park also plans an Asian research institute to study belugas, says Mehrmann, adding that it donates around $1.6 million a year to conservation projects. He admits Russia is "an option" for finding a pod of whales.

"We want to put the spotlight on these animals -- we may have a different approach but we actually have the same objective as campaigners," he said.

"But some people are simply philosophically opposed to aquariums, and always will be. We'll have to agree to disagree on that."

The status of the whole beluga species is cause for concern, according to the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS), as they are threatened across their Arctic range by oil and gas development, over-hunting, vessel traffic, pollution and climate change.

"We are particularly concerned about the proposed import of belugas to Ocean Park," Cathy Williamson, the WDCS' captivity programme manager, told AFP.

"I guess aquariums, as money-making businesses, aim to have something unique that other similar facilities don't have, in order to attract crowds.

"But this only works in conservation terms if the species breeds well in captivity and they are releasing animals back into the wild, something that almost never happens with animals like belugas."
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I miss the killer whale in Ocean Park, but another one? I ain't sure I will support it.
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I really would love to see a killer whale in HK but it would be too cruel...
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To help the red pandas adapt to different types of sounds, trainers have tried raising their voices and clapping their hands to check the reaction of the animals.
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