08 Jun 2016 - 23 Oct 2016
Corals: Our Underwater Living Treasure featuring the science, benefits, threats, and solutions facing corals in Hong Kong and the “Coral Triangle” in Southeast Asia, which includes the marine areas of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste.
The Coral Triangle in Southeast Asia is also highlighted since it is the global epicenter of marine biodiversity, home to over 500 species of reef-building corals and 3000 fish species. At this exhibition, visitors will learn about where their fresh fish were born and lived before arriving on the dinner plate in Hong Kong. Half of the live reef food fish eaten in Hong Kong, such as grouper, comes from the Coral Triangle.
This exhibition will also screen the latest episode of Conservation International’s Nature is Speaking short film series, titled Coral Reef. International film and martial arts superstar Donnie Yen Ji-Dan (甄子丹) performs the voice of Coral Reef, lending his vibrant vibrato to personify the amazing, but oft-overlooked creatures which sustain one quarter of all marine life.
“Corals: Our Underwater Living Treasures” will not only feature graphical and video content created by CI-Hong Kong and SWIMS, but will also display coral skeleton samples obtained by scientists from within Hong Kong’s marine zone and pieces in the Hong Kong Maritime Museum collection. The Hong Kong Maritime Museum will also conduct special events such as public lectures by coral experts and family workshops that will include hands-on activities for adults and children alike.