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Watching Wildlife

August 22, 2019

Learn more about proper marine life viewing guidelines on the shore and in the water.

On Shipwreck Beach on the south coast of Kauai, Hawaii, an endangered Hawaiian monk seal takes a nap on the beach. The sign in the foreground instructs people to walk around the seal.

Watching marine animals in their natural habitat can be a positive way to promote conservation and respect for animals and their environment. But irresponsible human behavior can disturb animals, destroy important habitats, and result in injury to animals and people. Before spending time on or near the ocean, know the regulations and guidelines for viewing and approaching marine mammals and sea turtles.

Learn more about proper marine life viewing guidelines


Videos: Share the Shore 

When seals and sea lions share our shores, we need to give them space, especially mothers with pups.
Learn safe viewing guidelines for sea turtles, dolphins, and seals in the Pacific Islands.

As seals return to the Greater Atlantic, human interactions are increasing. As tempting as it can be, feeding seals creates an unhealthy environment for the seals, fisheries, and people on the waterfront. Share the shore without feeding the seals.


Last updated by Office of Communications on August 22, 2019