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- Slow down at 500m & maintain a constant speed (less than 4 knots).
- Approach from the side and slightly behind and follow their direction of travel.
- Avoid approaching from directly behind or in front, or cutting across their path.
- Avoid sudden changes in speed and direction.
- Never chase or harass them or try to provoke a reaction by revving engines.
- Avoid calves, and whales and dolphins that are foraging or resting.
- Keep your distance. Allow at least 100 meters between you and a whale and 50 meters between you and a dolphin.
- Position your vessel on the same side as other vessels that are also watching.
- Avoid overtaking them, waiting in their path or drifting onto them.
- If you are approached by a whale of dolphin when stationary, remain where you are. Do no re-engage your props until the animals move away.
- If dolphins choose to bow ride, maintain course and speed.
- Allow groups of whales or dolphins to remain together: never drive through or between them.