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SCDNR’s Tips for Being Dolphin and Manatee Friendly in South Carolina

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  • Use caution when navigating in shallow waters and tidal creeks.
  • Always heed “no wake” zones, operating boat at the lowest possible speed while maintaining steerage.
  • Never feed dolphins. This teaches animals to approach boats and docks, putting them at greater risk of a boat strike, and it is illegal. Do not dispose of fish carcasses when dolphins are nearby.
  • Never pursue, harass or interact with dolphins. It is dangerous for the animals and illegal.
  • Dock owners should never feed manatees or give them fresh water.
  • Never pursue, harass or play with manatees. It is bad for the manatees and is illegal.
  • Boaters should look around for manatees before cranking their boat’s motor and watch for large swirls in the water that may be caused by manatees diving away.
  • Heed “slow speed,” “no wake” signs, especially around docks. Use caution when navigating in shallow water and along the edge of a marsh.
  • Wear polarized sunglasses to reduce glare, making it easier to spot manatees below the surface.