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June 30, 2017

Is whale watching stressing out whales?

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Whale-watching is a growing tourist business in many parts of the world, and delegates to an international whale conference in South Africa say guidelines to protect the animals are increasingly needed.

Dylan Walker, CEO of the World Cetacean Alliance, says 13 million people annually board boats to see whales or dolphins, and that commercial operators offer the activity in some 120 countries and overseas territories. Walker says more boat-licensing, monitoring and other efforts are required to reduce stress to marine life that can be caused by approaching vessels.

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