REGULATIONS FOR ROCKY POINT WHALE WATCHING:
These are the basic rules for whale watching:
• Cause minimal impact on whales.
• Be patient.
• Use only authorized whale watching boats
• The minimum distance that should be between the boat and the whale is 240 meters (800 ft.)This applies to unauthorized vessels,
• A maximum of four (4) boats are allowed to be around a single whale or group of whales any a specific time.
• Authorized vessels have to observe a minimum range between any boat and whale or group of whales of 60 meters for small boats (less than 10 meters in length) and 80 meters for medium and large boats.
• In the presence of whales, the speed limit is less than 5 knots or 9 Km / h decreasing the rate at 2 knots or 4 Km / h to enter the area of observation; the boat must then move slower than the slowest whale in the group. In all cases sharp acceleration and deceleration should be avoided.
• Avoid sudden changes in speed and direction, as this could scare the whales and could cause an accident.
• If you encounter whales while in the water, change direction, control your breathing rate and stay calm. Observe their activities and do not approach them. Swim away slowly without sudden movements.
• The correct way to approach a whale is from the rear side, never the front or when diving in a group do not surrounding them, as this may be threatening to them and they might react.
• Mothers with calves are extremely sensitive, so it is very important to approach carefully.
• Do not cause the dispersion of a group of whales or interrupt their activity.
• Do not throw or pour any type of waste, particularly plastic, cigarette butts, trash or any synthetic waste into the water as these could cause problems for animals if ingested.
• You can do sport or commercial fishing close to the whales.
• Not allowed to swim, snorkel, dive or kayak activities, parasailing or jet ski in areas where whales are. It can be dangerous and alter the natural behavior of these animals.
• It is forbidden to tow dinghies or any type of object, or drag ropes, lines, nets, hooks or similar attachment for whale watching to avoid accidents.
• For your own safety use lifejacket.