How to be a better tourist in Hawaii after the pandemic

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If you are lucky enough to come across a resting Hawaiian monk seal, the respectful (and legal) thing to do is keep a distance of 150 yards, unless you want to. pay a heavy fine. Critically endangered species (there are only about 1,400 seals) as well as Hello (sea turtles), bottlenose dolphins and humpback whales are protected by federal and state laws to ensure that they are getting enough rest and that they are not exposed to physiological stress that could affect their success. reproduction.

“It can be an amazing experience to see marine wildlife in Hawai’i. And to keep these experiences positive, both for the wildlife and for you, please practice respectful and legal observation. »Actions Jeff Walters, Chief NOAA Fisheries Management and Conservation Branch in the Pacific Island region. “Many species, like the Hawaiian monk seal, are not only endangered but also endemic, which means they are not found anywhere else on earth. Hawaiian monk seals, sea turtles, and all whales and dolphins are protected under either the Endangered Species Act or the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Visitors should also be aware that these animals have deep cultural significance in traditional Hawaiian culture. By following our marine wildlife viewing guidelines, we can all stay safe, legal and respectful, while enjoying a pleasant and rewarding viewing experience. “

INSIDER ADVICEFollow the “rule of thumb” method: give a thumbs-up sign and stretch your arm, then rotate your thumb parallel to the ground following line of sight to the animal. If your thumb completely covers the animal, you are at a safe distance.


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