I found another ‘gem’ while looking through old HK newspapers:
A Whale Now!
A reader informs us that a whale 23 feet [7m] in length was seen in Tolo Harbour, near Taipo, on Sunday [11th of May 1914], and that the police, from a launch, fired three rounds at the mighty creature, which however disappeared.”
How strange to think that back then the first reaction on seeing a big whale, was to pull out a gun and shoot it!
It struck me as quite interesting, that Tolo Harbor near Taipo was also the site the stranding of a 42-foot (13m) Omura’s whale in March 2014 – almost exactly 100 years later!
Tolo Harbor is almost completely enclosed by land so any whale erring into it is bound to get confused, I think.