NOAA Offering Opportunities to Learn About Viewing Guam’s Wild Spinner Dolphins Sept. 11 & 12

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Guam – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Office has announced that it will be offering opportunities to learn about Guam’s wild spinner dolphins.

Watching dolphins is an important component of Guam’s tourism market. Spinner dolphins have become a favorite attraction year-round.  Every day, visitors take boat tours to see dolphins in their natural habitat. They can also be seen from shore.

Many people do not realize that human interactions and activities (e.g. swimmers and boaters) near wild spinner dolphins could potentially disturb their critical period of rest. This can have long-term consequences to the health of the dolphins.

Spinner dolphins hunt and feed at night and rest during the day in near-shore waters.  Like humans, these dolphins need rest to stay healthy. NOAA Fisheries strongly encourages giving these animals space to engage in their natural behaviors, including their important resting behaviors. Please help ensure future generations will also have healthy dolphin populations to enjoy. Let Spinners Sleep. Enjoy them from a Distance.

Three sessions will include general information about Guam’s charismatic dolphins and highlight how to see them safely in their natural habitat. NOAA fisheries biologist Laura McCue will conduct the sessions.

The sessions are schedule for the following times:

Marine Operators Training

*  6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the University of Guam College of Natural and Applied Science Building, Room 104

* 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 12, at the University of Guam College of Natural and Applied Science Building, Room 104

Public Workshop

* 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12, at UnderWater World in Tumon

For more information about spinner dolphins, visit the NOAA Fisheries website at www.fpir.noaa.gov/PRD/prd_spinner.html.

For more information about the trainings or information about Guam’s spinner dolphins call 646-1905/4 email Laura.McCue@noaa.gov or Val Brown at Valerie.Brown@noaa.gov.