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Operating Near Marine Mammal Species is operating a vessel in an area where there are marine mammal species that are protected by federal law.

According to federal law, vessel operators should:

  • Stay at least 300 feet from marine mammals.
  • Keep the time spent viewing the animals to less than 30 minutes.
  • Not chase the animals.
  • Make sure the animals have a clear escape route.
  • Put the engine in neutral to let any approaching animals pass.
  • Leave the area if an animal becomes upset.
  • Make sure no one on the vessel feeds the animals or touches a young animal.