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Threat to Spinner Dolphins from Tourists
"In recent years, some dolphin-directed excursions — especially those that engage in "swim-with" activities — have put increasing pressure and stress on Hawaiian spinner dolphins during their critical daytime resting period. Given the alarming number of people and boats that are within close proximity to dolphins daily, NOAA has been searching for the most effective way to protect the animals, allowing them to better rest nearshore during the day and prepare for a night of feeding offshore. In efforts to clarify and reduce human activities that harass and disturb Hawaiian spinner dolphins, NOAA Fisheries published a proposed rule in 2016 that prohibits swimming-with and approaching a Hawaiian spinner dolphin within 50 yards. A final rule is expected to go into effect within the next year." -Excerpt from NOAA Fisheries.
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