DOLPHIN DISTANCING

Thank you for committing to respect our dolphins while you are on the water.

Dolphins are curious and will come to you – sometimes you mightn’t even realise!

The important thing is to show respect and not deliberately approach them. This is what “Dolphin Distancing” is all about.

We want to build a strong community who will do the right thing around dolphins. It’s crucial for their welfare.

This is a new approach that we believe is a world-first for behaviour-change around dolphins.

Rather than the usual signs, media releases, calls for more policing, or blaming and shaming, we are applying something that we know has worked in other situations.

We are working to build a community of boaters committed to doing the right thing and who are proud to display our new sticker on their vessels. We have groups from the boating industry, boating associations and general community keen to make commitments.

It’s easy – the regulations say don’t approach dolphins closer than 100m (boat including paddled craft), 300m (Jet Skis) or 30m (swimmers). (Whales are 200m, 300m and 30m.) (Dogs should be kept 300m away from dolphins and whales).

Report breaches to DELWP 136 186. Call DRI on 5979 7100 with any questions.

It’s fine if they approach you – enjoy the experience but don’t follow.

Makes a wonderful gift for a loved one or yourself.