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I did ask at the Kona Style office and -

Posted by Harry A2 on Sunday, 15 March 2020, at 11:57 a.m.
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In response to 143848: WHALE WATCHING - we went on KONASTYLE boat, posted by Harry A2 on Friday, 13 March 2020, at 3:42 p.m.

Okay I went to the Kona Style office late yesterday and asked about the rules/ law and this is what I was told, best as I can sum it up.
The man I talked to seemed very knowledgeable and certain of his facts. He said yes it’s illegal for a power boat to get within 100 yards of the whales, USING POWER. The boat must turn the power off at that distance. Also illegal to use power to put the boat into a path or direction the whales are traveling. BUT, he added, if the boat’s power is turned off and the whales happen to (I suppose turn and) come toward you it’s okay. Okay even if they rub against the bottom of the boat. (He was very clear on this latter point.)

I hope I understood and recapped all that accurately, I think I did.

I have also just read over some of the rules about approaching whales and I am SUPER appreciative that whales are so well protected under USA law. I am close to a female who used to work for Greenpeace and it was exciting for me long ago to meet and chat with some of the brave young people who were going on missions. (At that time one of the stories circulating was where a Greenpeace Captain’s girlfriend had hidden a film when their ship was boarded by French military.)

Mahalo/aloha to Ellen and Keith for their question and comment.

- Harry A2


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   Δ Whale Watching
    Ellen M -- Sunday, 15 March 2020, at 4:37 p.m.
   Δ Ellen - I'll find out if my first post was right or not
    Harry A2 -- Sunday, 15 March 2020, at 8:47 p.m.

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