Tourists may soon be barred from swimming with Hawaii’s emblematic spinner dolphins if the federal government gets its way.
A new rule proposed Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Marine Fisheries Service would prohibit the activity within two nautical miles of the state and between several islands, effectively ending the popular animal encounters. Tour boats and recreational swimmers would be required to stay at least 50 yards away from the animals.
The reasoning? The nocturnal dolphins need sleep.
“The easily accessible Hawaiian spinner dolphins face heavy and increasing pressures from people seeking a dolphin experience,” NOAA said in a read more >>>
Source : HuffingtonPost.Com