Whale & Marine Wildlife Watching Guidelines

Our experts have put together a list of guidelines designed to help you maximize your whale watching experience.

Whale Watching

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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.

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Reduce speed to less than seven knots when within 400 meters of the nearest whale. Avoid abrupt course changes.

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Avoid approaching closer than 200 meters
to any whale.

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Stop immediately and allow the whales to pass if the vessel is unexpectedly within 100 meters.

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Keep clear of the whales’ path and avoid positioning within the 400 meter area in the path of the whales.

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Stay on the offshore side of the whales when they are traveling close to shore. Remain at least 200 meters offshore at all times.

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Limit viewing time to a recommended maximum of 30 minutes.

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Do not swim with or feed whales.

Porpoises & Dolphins

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Observe all guidelines for watching whales and observing marine life.

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Do not drive through groups of porpoises or dolphins for the purpose of bow-riding.

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Reduce speed gradually and avoid sudden course changes, should dolphins or porpoises choose to ride the bow wave of vessel.

Seals, Sea Lions & Birds on Land

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Avoid approaching closer than 100 meters to any marine mammals or birds.

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Slow down and reduce your wake/wash and noise
levels.

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Pay attention and back away at the first sign of disturbance or agitation.

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Be cautious and quiet when around haulouts and bird colonies, especially during breeding, nesting and pupping seasons (generally May to September).

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Do not swim with or feed any marine mammals or birds.