SCDNR’s Tips for Being Dolphin and Manatee Friendly in South Carolina Report any wildlife violations to SCDNR’s 24/7 hotline: 1-800-922-5431 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.