Touching wildlie, orattempting to do so, can injurethe animal, put you at risk, andmay be illegal or most protectedspecies.
Stay away from wildlife thatappears abandoned or sick.
Animals that appear sick may notbe. They may be resting or areyoung awaiting the return o aparent. I animals are approached,their behavior may becomeaggressive. I you think an animalis sick or injured, contact localauthorities.
Never chase or harass wildlife.
Do not surround, trapor separate animals, approachthem head on, or approach themdirectly rom behind. Make surethey know you are there beorethey see you.
Learn before you go.
Manymarine wildlie species have specifchabitat needs and sensitive liecyclerequirements. Use the Internet,guidebooks, and knowledgeablepeople to learn how to observethem responsibly, where you planto visit them.
Keep your distance.
Gettingtoo close to animals can beharmul to them and to you. Takeprecaution and use binocularsthat let you view animals roma distance where they won’t bedisturbed.
Do not feed or attractmarine wildlife.
Feeding orattempting to attract wildlie mayharm animals by causing sickness,death, and habituation to people.Animals that are accustomed tohumans become vulnerable toinjuries and can be dangerousto people.
Wildlife and pets don’t mix.
Wild animals can injure andspread diseases to pets, and petscan harm and disturb wildlie. I you are traveling with pets, keepthem leashed and away rommarine wildlie.
Lend a hand with trashremoval.
Human garbage andfshing debris are some o thegreatest threats to marine wildlie.Carry a trash bag with you andpick up litter ound along theshore.
Help others to becomeresponsible wildlife watchersand tour operators.
Leadby example. It’s up to you!Obtain and carry a ew copies o these guidelines on your travelsand share them with others.Patronize businesses that ollowthese guidelines. Protectingand conserving is everyone’sresponsibility.
NOAA’s OCEAN ETIQUETTE : MARINE WILDLIFE VIEWING GUIDELINES
•Become Ocean Literate.•Volunteer with an organization thatworks to protect the ocean.•Be mindful of your own environment.Litter and pollutants can end up in theocean and harm marine wildlife.•Treat our coasts, oceans, and theanimals that live there with care.•Actively participate in local, state and federal efforts to protect and managecoastal and ocean resources.
How You Can Help;
For marine mammal strandings and violations call:
NOAA Enforcement Hotline1-800-853-1964