HONOLULU (AP) – US regulators on Tuesday banned swimming with Hawaiian spinner dolphins to protect the nocturnal animals from those seeking a close encounter with the playful species.
Swimming with dolphins is a popular tourist activity in Hawaii. Some companies offer tours that take swimmers to areas where dolphins frequently visit, with the goal of giving them the opportunity to enter the water with their animals.
The US Marine Mammal Protection Act regulations prohibit swimming with spinner dolphins within 2 nautical miles (4 km) or 50 yards (46 m) of the main coast of the Hawaiian Islands. Growth. This rule applies to boats, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, drones or other objects.
NOAA has also proposed rules banning access to certain areas between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. on parts of the Big Island and Maui that are considered essential daytime habitats for spinner dolphins. Growth.
Spinner dolphins hunt offshore at night. During the day, they take advantage of optimal environmental conditions near the coast to socialize, raise young, hide from predators, and rest for nocturnal hunting.
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