Happy Monday! -
with the holidays more people are out in the water so we wanted to remind you of some important information from Department of Conservation on how to approach dolphins
From a boat:
- carefully approach dolphins from their side and slightly to the rear.
- operate your boat slowly and quietly at ‘no wake’ speed within 300 m.
- don't approach a group of dolphins if three or more boats are already within 300 m of the group.
- manoeuvre your boat carefully. Do not obstruct their path, cut through a group, or separate mothers from calves.
From a boat or swimming:
- avoid loud or sudden noises that could startle dolphins.
- don't swim with dolphins when calves are present.
- don't try to touch the dolphins or feed them.
- co-operate with others so all may see the dolphins without putting them at risk.
HELP US KEEP THE DOLPHINS SAFE. Coastguard New Zealand
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We'd like to say a huge THANK YOU to Integrated Marine Group who have done an amazing job supporting us with their annual charitable golf open. A big thanks to all who organised and took part, We couldn't carry out our work keeping an eye on NZ's special marine mammals without such generous assistance. It'll go a long way helping out our research teams that are all go for the season on the water at Banks Peninsula, Kaikoura, and will be starting up in Fiordland over the next month or so. Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less

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