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NOAA Considering Ban on Swimming with Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins – January 4, 2017

Proposed 50-yard buffer zone intended to protect marine mammals from over-eager tourists

Imagine you're sleeping and a friend comes over unannounced. You might hang out for a few hours or you might walk them out. Either way, they eventually leave and you return to bed. You're just getting into that good sleep when another person knocks on the door. Then another and another. All night this continues. Then it happens again the next night. And the night after that.

This is the current problem plaguing the Hawaiian spinner dolphin, one of the smallest dolphin species, well-known for their airborne twisting jumps. The mainly nocturnal mammals spend their daylight hours resting near the shores of the Hawaiian Islands in shallow waters, but… more

by: Aja Hannah

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