Swimmers were charged with harassing dolphins in Hawaii. Federal law prohibits swimming within 50 yards of spinner dolphins.
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Thirty-three swimmers are accused of "pursuing, corralling, and harassing" the dolphins in Hōnaunau Bay on Sunday, according to a press release from the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources.
It's against federal law to swim within 50 yards of spinner dolphins in Hawaii’s nearshore waters. The prohibition went into effect in 2021 amid concerns that so many tourists were swimming with dolphins that the nocturnal animals weren’t getting the rest they need during the day to be able to forage for food at night.
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