Dolphin Tourism Hurts Dolphins (VIDEO)

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

206 comments

W. C
W. C2 months ago

Not surprising, thank you for caring.

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William C
William C2 months ago

Thanks.

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Judi W.
Judi W1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Lorraine Andersen

Always comes down to the money. They need to be left alone.

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Fiona T.
Past Member 5 years ago

They should never be affected

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Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Tanja Z.
Tanja Zilker5 years ago

thanks for info. I do believe that tourists should leave the rest in dolphins. If the dolphins want to have contact with the people, they will come by itself

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Ana P Martinez
Ana Martinez6 years ago

All they think about is bringing in the $$, what about the poor dolphin.....it needs privacy just as we do!!!

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Marina Sola
Marina Sola6 years ago

Let's think about the animals' welfare first, before thinking about having fun.

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