Dolphin watching tourism-Oman

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Dolphin watching tourism-Oman

Dolphin watching is great fun and as long as it is carried out responsibly. Dolphin watching allows watchers to enjoy the spectacle of whales and dolphins in their natural environment, rather than in a tank. It is ALWAYS better than going to a dolphinarium!
It offers the opportunity to learn about dolphins, the threats they face, and what we can do to help, and dolphin watching offers people living in whaling regions the chance to meet live dolphins and maybe, in the process, change hearts and minds
Dolphin watching for conservation provides a research platform for scientists to collect data on the behavior and ecology of dolphins. It can save lives when ‘watchers’ spot dolphins in distress and can alert experts
Dolphin watching delivers economic benefits by providing income for coastal communities
And dolphin watching developing local tourism infrastructure offering a long-term marine tourism activity: many dolphin species are long-lived and, if treated responsibly, may be viewed in the wild over several decades.
Why is it important that Dolphin watching is carried out responsibly?
In recent years, concerns have been raised about the industry’s impact upon whales and dolphins, whether at the individual, group, or population level. In many cases, dolphin watching involves targeting specific dolphin communities for prolonged, often close-up encounters. As the demand for more frequent encounters increases, it is the responsibility of us all to ensure that we are not accidentally harming dolphins in the process.
Researchers have documented various short-term behavioral impacts when boats are close to dolphins including:
Avoiding dhows, for example, rapidly changing speed or direction, or diving more frequently
Spending less time fishing or foraging and spending less time resting or socializing
Recent research suggests that, for some study populations, dhow cruise and boat disturbance over time may lead to long-term or permanent impacts, including effects on health and reproductive success.
A shift of dolphins away from areas heavily targeted by dolphin-watching tourism

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