Tourists love to put on masks and dive down to “play” with friendly dolphins. And although some people think the dolphins enjoy it, too, conservation experts say it is too much.
In Hawaii, the dolphin population has declined as divers have interrupted them during mating season and/or when they want to rest and be left alone.
This is also currently a problem in Mozambique, where the government has encouraged more dolphin play, which brings in dollars. In one section of beach, seven tour operators are competing to take tourists to see the dwindling number of dolphins.
What can we do to protect the dolphins from too much human interaction?
Photo credit: Willy Volk