Vessels that are approved for whale and dolphin watching are distinguished by the yellow flag with the "Blue Boat" logo, which they fly for their identification.
There are numerous regulations and laws, both national and international in nature, that protect the populations of pilot whales and dolphins. This is why it is important to pay attention to all the human activities that may affect these animals, including whale and dolphin watching.
The following regulations are of obligatory compliance for this type of touristic activity:
• The boat must not approach nearer than 60 meters.
• Maximum observation time: 30 minutes.
• Sailing must be undertaken at a reduced speed.
• Vessel concentration in one place should be avoided.
• The area must be abandoned if the vessel's presence is bothering the animals.
• Swimming with the animals.
• Feeding the animals.
• Touching/petting the animals.
• Throwing litter to the water.
• Bothering the animals with noise.
In addition, companies that provide this service have a "Quality Charter" in which they commit to providing tourism services while respecting the animals and minimizing the impact that this may have on the marine environment.
In the event that a wounded or beached animal is detected, 112 (the emergency number) must be called immediately to put into motion the rescue protocol that has been established for these cases.