You are hereby invited to the Annual General Meeting of the Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong, to be held on Friday, 10 February 2023 at Tanner De Witt, 17th Floor Tower One, Lippo Centre, 89 Queensway, Admiralty.
Frequently overlooked by scientists and feared by the public for their stings, jellyfish are in fact fascinating creatures that were present on Earth even before the dinosaurs. John explains how a simple body design, with a huge variety of sizes, shapes, and colours, has allowed them to survive for hundreds of millions of years. Even though they lack a brain or a heart, they are fearsome predators with huge impacts on marine ecosystems, as well as the prey of numerous fish species.
Les Bird was a HK Marine Police Officer when the Vietnamese boatpeople started arriving in HK waters in 1979. He tells of how his patrol boats sailed out to meet the boatpeople’s flimsy boats, many of which were overloaded and sinking. In 1979 alone, more than 68,700 people arrived at Hong Kong’s sea boundary. By 1989, all 13 Vietnamese boat people camps in Hong Kong were declared full. He also tells how, 40 years later, he has been in contact with some of the former refugees he rescued.