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Whale Watching Guidelines
  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 then 7 knots when within 400 metres/yards 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 pass.
  5. AVOID approaching whales from the from behind. Always approach and whales from the side, moving in a parallel to the direction of the whales.
  6. KEEP CLEAR of the whales’ path. Avoid positioning your vessel within the 400 metre/yard area in the path of the whales.
  7. STAY on the OFFSHORE side of the whales when they are traveling close to shore. Remain at least 200 metres/yards offshore at all times.
  8. LIMIT your viewing time to a recommended maximum of 30 miMr.es. This will minimize the cumulative impact of many vessels and give consideration to other viewers.
  9. DO NOT swim with or feed whales
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