to behave

Good behavior at sea

Recommendations for water observations

Here are some rules to follow to be a respectful observer of the animals and their environment:

My boat also meets the sea:

  • Use anti-fouling paints for new less toxic generation.
  • I selected preferably anchor patterns and / or suitable water upgrades (eg mooring buoys).
  • I do not wet in posidonia beds, and I am careful not to tear off the substrate when I lift the anchor.
  • I sort my waste: store your solid and liquid waste (waste oil) in output trays equipping marinas.
  • I use biodegradable products: detergents, soaps, ...

If I bother, I'm leaving!

  • Do not approach the animals if newborn.
  • Stop watching if the animal shows signs of disturbance (acceleration, change of direction, looking away from the viewer.

I respect the viewing areas

  • The distance from 300 meters defines the outer boundary of the observation area, within which all human activity is governed by strict rules.
  • The boat should not be in the area before the animals.
  • So that the boat is not perceived as a prosecutor, he must not approach the animal from the rear or frontal.
  • The distance of 100 meters defines the exclusion zone in which no approach will take place. (This does not apply in case of spontaneous arrival of the animals to the boat).
  • From the identification of a species, and whatever the distance, special vigilance and a suitable speed are required. Other animals may be present in the sector.
  • The approach of the cetaceans must be done according to a trajectory becoming progressively parallel to the road of the animal. Speed ​​is limited to 5 nodes.
  • The boat should position abeam animals and avoid any sudden change of speed and direction.
  • When the vessel reaches the limit of the exclusion zone (100 m), its relative speed must be reduced to zero, optionally engine disconnected, but not cut, so as to remain maneuvering.
  • Boat speed will be locked to the speed of the slowest animal.
  • To prevent acoustic disturbance in the observation zone, sounders and sonars are off.
  • After the sighting, the boat must gradually leave the site by taking a road indicating unambiguously his departure.

I'm better off alone!

  • One boat at a time is allowed in the viewing area.
  • His presence will be limited to 15 minutes if other boats are waiting.

I let me approach but without touching!

  • When animals (turtles, whales ...) voluntarily join the boat, passengers should not attempt to touch them directly or using an instrument to swim near them or feed them.