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Keep Your Distance from Dolphins, Please

"Boaters and tourists enjoying coastal waters this summer are encouraged to admire wild dolphins from a distance, says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA is spreading the word following an increase in complaints of dolphin feeding and harassment in recent weeks. Feeding or harassing the animals is against the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) of 1972, and may harm or injure either the animals or humans. "Because they look friendly, people want to get very close and treat a dolphin more like a pet instead of the powerful wild animal it is. It is best to view dolphins in a responsible way without feeding or petting," says Andrew Emerson of NOAA." (Excerpt from the Environmental News Service, July 12, at )

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