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Will Hawaii Ban Swimming With Dolphins?

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | August 29, 2016

Will Hawaii Ban Swimming With Dolphins?

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One of Hawaii’s most popular tourism activities may soon be a thing of the past. The swiming with dolphins programs may soon be banned according to The Weather Network and Mother Nature Network. 

Hawaii’s spinner dolphins retreat to shallow waters to rest during the day but they are known for being social and nurturing, which only drives attention from tourists. 

"People chase the dolphins with selfie sticks," Victor Lozano, owner of Oahu's Dolphin Excursions, told The Guardian.

Other nations face criticism for animal tourism, such as Thailand for their elephant rides. And there has also been debate about captive dolphin programs in both Hawaii and the Caribbean. 

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According to the Weather Network, if the regulations in Hawaii are passed, the ban would cover all water space within two nautical miles of the Hawaiian Islands, including the waters between Lanai, Maui, and Kahoolawe.

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