Many people get so excited when they see dolphins in the wild, they actually undertake actions (chasing, feeding, etc.) that threaten the safety and survival of these creatures. These harmful actions are usually unintentional but, nonetheless, they do threaten the dolphins. Here are some things you can do to lessen the chance of harming wild dolphins:
- DO maintain a distance of at least 50 – 100 yards from wild dolphins. If you are fortunate enough to spot dolphins in the wild by boat or when swimming, be sure not to get too close.
- DO assume that dolphins can be aggressive. Although we would all like to believe that dolphins are gentle and tame, they are, in fact, wild animals and there is much we do not know or understand about their behavior. Therefore, do not harass, touch, or tease dolphins as their behavior can be unpredictable.
- DO leave the area if dolphins begin to show signs of aggression. This behavior can include loud exhales and tail slapping on the surface of the water.
- DO join one or more of the dolphin conservation and adopt-a-dolphin organizations. By getting involved, you can protect the future of these wonderful creatures.