Boaters must remain 50 yards from dolphins and porpoises; 100 yards from all whales (except North Atlantic right whales, see below); and 500 yards from North Atlantic right whales.
If a marine mammal approaches you, remember to idle your engine and not re-engage power until the whale has cleared your path. Attempting to leave the area may interrupt natural behaviors such as feeding, nursing, resting, and traveling, or could result in a vessel strike causing harm to the whale and/or boat.
Report all sightings of marine mammals or sea turtles to DEC by using the Flipper Files digital survey. If you suspect a marine mammal or sea turtle is sick or injured, call the New York Stranding Hotline at (631) 369-9829 to report the animal.
Photo of blue whale courtesy DEC.