The Shum Shui Kok Peninsula in Hong Kong is being reshaped from an open, windswept wilderness to one of the main tourist attractions of the colony.
GV occanarium under construction (3 shots)
SV sea lions playing rock 'n' roll (2 shots)
SV newsmen taking photographs
GV sea lion getting out of pool and balancing ball on nose (2 shots)
SV newsmen taking photographs of sea lions
SV SA premier speaking at ceremony for handing over sea lions
GV sea lions being coaxed out of their cages
SV sea lion sliding out of pool and slipping into adjoing pool
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Background: The Shum Shui Kok Peninsula in Hong Kong is being reshaped from an open, windswept wilderness to one of the main tourist attractions of the colony.
The attraction will be one of the biggest and most complex oceanarium in the world.
Already the Oceanarium's Theatre Pool is open and tourists have been allowed to attend several performances there by the "natives" of the area.
But not all the activities at the oceanarium will be purely for entertainment. When the complex is finished it will contain a wide range of facilities for scientific and educational purposes. But for the time being there appears nothing but fun and games for the antiquarian inhabitants.
And the South Australian Government recently donated some additional company for the creatures already at the oceanarium. The South Australian Premier, Mr. Don Dustan, flew to Hong Kong to hand over the new arrivals, two sea lions, to the Hong Kong Government. At first the two South Australians were somewhat reluctant to join their oriental comrades, but after some gentle coaxing they soon get into the swim of things.
Although a protected species in South Australia, the Government there decided to export a limited number of the mammals to various centres throughout South East Asia. Mr. Dunstan said his "flippered friends" would contribute to the already established friendship between the South Australian and Hong Kong Governments.