Hawaii Viewing Guidelines: Detailed GuidelinesOverview | Detailed Guidelines | For Boat Operators | Recognizing Disturbance
Keep a safe distance - Please do not chase, closely approach, surround, swim with, or attempt to touch marine wildlife.
For humpback whales in Hawaii, Federal regulations prohibit approaching closer than: 100 yards (90 m) when on the water 1,000 feet (300 m) when operating an aircraft
For other species of whales, dolphins and monk seals the recommended distance for observation is:
Use extra caution in the vicinity of mothers and young and in other sensitive wildlife habitat such as feeding, nursing or resting areas.
For sea turtles, please remember that feeding, touching or attempting to ride them can cause distress. Please observe from a distance and allow them a clear escape route to deeper water. Never entice marine wildlife to approach you.
When on or under the water, please remember that the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is there to protect humpback whales. Disturbing the whales can disrupt vital calving, nursing and breeding behaviors.
Be Careful Not to Surprise Marine Wildlife.
Never Feed or Attempt to Feed Marine Wildlife
Dispose of Trash Properly
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