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Our Commitment to Protecting Wildlife
As vessel operators and advocates for marine life, Pacific Whale Foundation is committed to the active protection of marine mammals. We were instrumental in helping to establish the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, the only national marine sanctuary dedicated exclusively to humpback whales. But we also do our part by:
- Preventing vessel-whale collisions through our Be Whale Aware program, which educates and encourages boat operators to reduce their speed and reduce disturbances to whales and dolphins. Read about our 2012-2013 training course. Download Be Whale Aware Guidelines.
- Pacific Whale Foundation pioneered the development of the first engineered Whale Protection Devices, approved by the U.S. Coast Guard to help guide whales away from propellers and running gear on commercial vessels. They’re installed on our of our commercial whalewatching vessels.
- Locating a manufacturer of reef-safe sunscreen, and making it available for sale to our guests to protect the coral reefs where we snorkel during our Eco-Adventure cruises.
- Encouraging responsible wildlife watching in our marketing communications.
If you’re visiting Hawaii, here are some ways you can help protect the ocean environment:
Never approach a humpback whale closer than 100 yards, whether you are on a boat, swimming or on a board; it is not only dangerous, it is illegal! Do not enter the water with whales. Never attempt to touch a humpback whale.
Stay at least 10 feet back from turtles. Do not block their path as they surface to breathe. Never touch, feed or attempt to ride on a turtle.
Avoid approaching dolphins closer than 50 yards. Do not enter the water to swim with them. Never feed or attempt to touch wild dolphins.
Stay at least 150 feet away. If you encounter one in the ocean, swim away and get out of the water. Report all sightings to NOAA’s Marine Mammal hotline at 1-888-256-9840.