Sharing the Environment with Humpback Whales

Sharing the Environment with Humpback Whales

  • Stay at least 100 yards (300 feet) away, this is a legal minimum distance.
  • Limit observation period to 30 minutes or less.
  • Do not harass, encircle or trap whales between boats or the shore.
  • Pass behind animals.
  • If approached by animals, put your engine in neutral and allow them to pass.
  • If approached while swimming in the water, leave the water or area you are in without causing disturbance – do not attempt to swim with the animals.

Get The Responsible Viewing Guidelines Brochure

Review NOAA’s Fisheries Interactions Guidelines:
If you encounter a seal or turtle while fishing, please take a short break or change locations. This way you won’t lose your bait or tackle and the animals won’t get hooked.  Fishing with a barbless circle hook also minimize hooking injuries.  Guidelines have been developed to minimize the impacts of fishery interactions with monk seals and turtles. Review the guide for more information on how to avoid animal interactions.