New & Noteworthy: Spinner Dolphins, Ohia hearings

posted in: September 2016 | 0

Spinner Dolphin Protection: Popular though the swim-with-dolphin tours in Hawai`i may be, they are believed by scientists to pose a threat to spinner dolphins themselves, disturbing their rest patterns and making them more vulnerable to predation by sharks.

More than 10 years ago, the National Marine Fisheries Service began a process of studying the behavior of animals subjected to such tours. Now, finally, it has published a draft rule that would prohibit approaches to spinners any closer than 50 yards, effective out to two nautical miles from shore (and banned altogether in the area between the islands . . .

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