If You See Tail, Fin Or Spray – Stay Far Enough Away


Watching whales and other marine mammals in their natural habitat allows us to better appreciate these magnificent creatures. But when humans come too close to wildlife in their natural habitat, we risk disrupting and even injuring marine species.

Approaching marine mammals too rapidly, getting too near, or making too much noise can upset, stress, or even damage these amazing creatures that live in our oceans.

Marine mammals are wild species that people may encounter accidently while enjoying our oceans. When this happens, it is important that you retain your distance. For their sake, as well as your own. 

Disturbing marine animals, including approaching or attempting to approach them, involves the following behaviors:

  • Feeding, swimming, or socializing with a sea mammal
  • Enticing/causing a marine creature to migrate
  • Removing a marine animal from its group or between it and a calf
  • Trapping a marine animal or group of marine mammals between a vessel and the coast or between a vessel and other vessels; or tagging or labeling a marine mammal.

While some people feel compelled to try to get as close to the whale as possible, keep in mind that these guidelines were determined based on a great deal of research conducted on various species – in an effort to reduce the amount of disruption they experience. This study found that blue whales – for example – adjust their feeding behavior when boats are fewer than 400 yards away.

Remember! These restrictions apply to all forms of watercraft operated by professional or recreational boaters, including kayaks, motorboats, Zodiacs, and sailboats.

 If You See Tail, Fin Or Spray – Stay Far Enough Away


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