Help Protect Hawai‘i’s Marine Animals

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Hawai‘i Island’s shores are alive with wildlife. Some of these animals, like humpback whales, Hawaiian monk seals and sea turtles, are considered ENDANGERED SPECIES and are protected by federal laws. Dolphins and other whales, though not endangered, are protected by the MARINE MAMMAL PROTECTION ACT.

Hawai‘i’s marine mammals are fascinating and easily observed creatures, which are the main reasons why nature-based tourism is a popular segment of the visitor market. Tour-boat companies and water-based activities on Hawai‘i Island cater to whale and dolphin watching.

Remember to stay at least 100 yards from humpback whales, and 50 yards from dolphins, monk seals and sea turtles. In addition, it’s against the law to approach, chase, surround, touch or swim with marine animals, including dolphins.

Local author and proprietor Robert Wintner, also known as SNORKEL BOB (, has several books available that dive deeper into the topic of Hawai‘i’s protected reefs and the marine animals that call them home. Neptune Speaks chronicles the perils of trafficking in wildlife for pet trading. The book includes 540 photos by Wintner from Hawai‘i, Palau, Fiji and St. Croix, as well as 50 minutes of footage on DVD.

The book is available at Snorkel Bob’s shops and One-hundred percent of the proceeds support the campaign to end the aquarium trade.

SNORKEL BOB’S 808-329-0770 KONA OR 808-885-9499

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