Dolphins watchers at the sea bridge

Added On August 11, 2018

 The world's longest sea bridge is ready to open in China's Lingding Bay伶仃洋, connecting China's Guangdong Province, Hong Kong and Macao.

Aside from the convenience and economic benefits of the bridge, many people are also focused on another aspect - the life of the Chinese white dolphin, an endangered species that lives in the area.
The white dolphin is under first class state protection. It can be found in just a handful of coastal areas, and the Pearl River Estuary is one of its major habitats.
By minimizing the bridge's impact on the dolphins' habitat, China hopes to set an example of a balance between marine development and environmental protection.
And Guangdong Province, Hong Kong and Macao have been working together to boost cooperation among their conservation groups.
SOUNDBITE(CHINESE): CHEN XI, Guangdong White Dolphin Protection Admin
"Now we are monitoring white dolphins and our main job is to take photos. By collecting the pictures, we can see that the dorsal fin of each dolphin is unique. We go out to sea about 50 to 70 times a year and have identified more than 2300 white dolphins."
SOUNDBITE(CHINESE): HE GUOMIN, South China Sea Fisheries Research Institute
"In 2012, 2013, 2014 and in the first half of 2015, there was a clear decrease in the number of white dolphins here. Since construction has been completed, since 2015, the number of white dolphins has gradually increased, and there have been more of them in the area that the work was carried out. This shows that as long as we stop making noise, they will gradually come back."
"We are the environmental consultants of the bridge and we have fully participated in the environmental control of the area. We have suggested changing the shape of the artificial tunnel island from a rectangular shape to a more rounded model, like an oyster shell. It will minimize the disruption to the marine hydrodynamics in the area."
Researchers are calling on more scientific research institutions to take part in the protection work to create a comfortable home for white dolphins to live in.