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Whale Watching: 1. BE CAUTIOUS and COURTEOUS
 

Summary: Whale Watching:
1. BE CAUTIOUS and COURTEOUS:
approach areas of known or suspected
marine mammal activity with extreme
caution. Look in all directions before
planning your approach or departure.
2. SLOW DOWN: reduce speed to less than
7 knots when within 400 metres/yards of
the nearest whale. Avoid abrupt course
changes.
3. AVOID approaching closer than 100
metres/yards to any whale.
4. If your vessel is unexpectedly within
100 metres/yards of a whale, STOP
IMMEDIATELY and allow the whales to
pass.
5. AVOID approaching whales from the front or
from behind. Always approach and depart
whales from the side, moving in a direction
parallel to the direction of the whales.

  

Source: Acevedo, Alejandro - Department of Biology, Western Washington University

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology