Boating Season Opens: Protect Babies And Boaters posted on May 17, 2018
The May Long Weekend is the unofficial opening of the fun-loving boating season. However, boating adventures can harm wildlife and people. Responsibilities include knowing the behaviours of large whales and dolphins. Collisions have caused serious injuries to both people and the cetaceans.
The Gray Whales, Humpback Whales and orcas are transboundary species. They have greater protection in the US because the long-awaited Canadian Marine Mammal Regulation have failed to provide adequate protection. The boat distances between only the Southern Resident Killer Whales were increased from the inadequate 100 meters to 200 meters. In the US Lifeforce fought for increased distances and government enforcement. Boaters must stay 200 meters and 400 meters if following or in front of all orca ecotypes. Extra care should be taken when there are babies. See attached information for Humpbacks, Grays and orca.
The Lifeforce Nature’s Moments video series includes “HUMPBACK HEAVEN or HELL?” that is a basic 101 on what boaters can expect when in Humpack territories.
HUMPBACK HEAVEN or HELL?