You might be wondering why swimming with dolphins has been banned? Bottlenose dolphins are among the most endangered species and despite various efforts, their numbers are still decreasing. Its scientific name is Tursiops Truncatus. These dolphins are playful and very social. They form friendships with other dolphins that may last decades. They hunt mostly forming a mud ring trap and some dolphins wait out of it, as the fish tries to escape the dolphins catch them.
New Zealand government has banned swimming with dolphins in order to save the dwindling population from vanishing, tourists used to come from all around the world to have a swim with dolphins and come close to this unique species. Swimming with dolphins might be a very good experience for tourists, but it produces a negative impact on the dolphins.
According to recent research which said that humans were ‘loving the dolphins too much’. This had an impact on the dolphins resting and feeding behavior. This Ban applies to Bay of islands in North island’s region where there are golden beaches and warm climate. Other dolphin tours that involve other species of dolphins are still permissible.
Bottlenose dolphins usually swim in the coastal regions, making them vulnerable to humans. Hence, their numbers have declined by 66% since 1990. The latest report shows a mortality rate of about 75% among the bottlenose’s dolphin calves, the highest in New Zealand. This restriction on the interaction with dolphins will provide a block time, where dolphins can be left alone in its natural habitat.
Quick Facts About Bottlenose Dolphins:
- These dolphins can stay up to 15minutes underwater.
- Bottlenose Dolphins are mammals.
- They use echolocation to find food and navigate.
- Bottlenose dolphins are warmblooded, just like all mammals.
- These dolphins can swim 5 to 12 km per hour.