It is against the law to feed or harass wild dolphins. For the dolphins' safety and yours, please DON'T FEED, SWIM WITH, TOUCH/PET, OR HARASS WILD DOLPHINS in any other way. We encourage you to observe them from a distance of at least 50 yards. Closely interacting with dolphins is harmful to them because it reduces their wariness to people and vessels and increases their risk of injury or death by boat strikes or fishing gear entanglements.
- Dolphins are hunters, not beggars...
- but when people offer them food, dolphins, like most animals, take the easy way out. They learn to beg for a living, lose their fear of humans, and do dangerous things.
- They swim too close to churning boat propellers...
- and can be severely injured. They learn to associate people with food and get entangled with fishing hooks and lines and die. They get sick from eating bait and people food like beer, pretzels, candy and hot dogs.
- Dolphin scientists have proof of injuries...
- feeding wild dolphins disrupts their social groups which threatens their ability to survive in the wild. Young dolphins do not survive if their mothers compete with them for handouts and don't teach them to forage.
- Dozens of bites have been reported...
- and people have been pulled under the water. A woman who fed a pair of dolphins and then jumped in the water to swim with them was bitten. "I literally ripped my left leg out of its mouth," she said during her week stay in the hospital.
- Dolphins are not water toys or pets...
- the Flipper myth of a friendly wild dolphin has given us the wrong idea. Flipper was actually a trained, captive dolphin who did not bite the hand that fed him. However, truly wild dolphins will bite when they are angry, frustrated, or afraid. When people try to swim with wild dolphins, the dolphins are disturbed. Dolphins who have become career moochers can get pushy, aggressive and threatening when they don't get the hand-out they expect.
It is against the law to feed or harass wild dolphins.