At this point, only 19 of the bottle-nose dolphins that are regularly visiting the Bay of Islands region.
(New Zealand Department of Conservation)
People have to have a connection with the dolphins in a lot of fascinating-and sometimes controversial — ways, but that would mean that our curiosity will for the most intelligent species she’s in danger.
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This is the reason why the New Zealand government officials have been denying for tourist services, which offer swimming with the dolphins, saying that the tourists are “loving them too much.”
The Bay of Islands is a region on the western coast of the country, in the north of the island, has suffered a 66% drop in their bottle-nose dolphin population, a 65% increase in the mortality rate, according to the New Zealand Department of Conservation.
At this point, only 19 of the bottle-nose dolphins that are regularly visiting the region.
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Environmental authorities said they have shut down all of the tourist-dolphin activities in the area for three years now, and in the limit, a boat trip for dolphin watching in the morning and early afternoon, only for a mere 20-minute journey, one-half hour.
“Research has shown that the interaction of the bottle-nose dolphins is having a significant impact on the population of the rest and feeding behaviour, and that your love for the dolphins to be too much,” a spokesperson told Euronews in a statement.
While that would not go into detail about how people are “loving” them, the statement suggests that the role of the human will scare the dolphins away from the area of the islands, and to the disturbance of the natural activities.
The new rules apply only to commercial tourism, the government is also considering running for the Bay of Islands is a marine mammal sanctuary, in order to prevent private boats from interfering with the pair of dolphins on the left.
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“In the Bay of Islands, bottle-nose dolphin population can only be protected if everyone does their part,” the statement read.
New Zealand is not only a tourism hub, to put the pressure on the dolphins to swim in the sea. Hawaii also plans to include a ban on the practice’s concern for their rare and spinner dolphin populations, blaming the tourists for the disruption of their mating patterns.
This article was originally published in the New York Post.