Be Whale Aware & Dolphin Wise

Between the months of November and May thousands of humpback whales enjoy their annual migration to the Hawaiian Islands. While residents and visitors alike enjoy the experience of viewing humpback whales in their natural habitat, it is easy to forget that our presence can affect marine wildlife and habitat.

Marine mammals are often engaged in important social and behavioral activities which may not be apparent to a casual viewer. Approaching these animals too close or too fast may disrupt these behaviors and cause unnecessary stress to the animals. Do not attempt to touch, feed or swim with whales, dolphins, sea turtles or other marine wildlife as this could be dangerous for the animal and for you.

Pacific Whale Foundation has developed “Be Whale Aware” and “Be Dolphin Wise” guidelines. These are best practices for ocean users and boaters who wish to view whales and dolphins.



Our thoughts go out to all that are being impacted by COVID-19. With a team dedicated to our response to this pandemic, we are meeting regularly to ensure the continuation of programs and services that allow our mission work to continue.

Pacific Whale Foundation’s leadership team is closely monitoring updates from the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization regarding COVID-19. We will continue to seek guidance from these agencies, public health officials and government agencies on an ongoing basis.

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