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Whales and dolphins are protected by law in South Australia under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972. Before you go whale or dolphin watching, there are a few things you need to know. 

Respect marine mammals and help keep them safe. Always keep at least 100m away from a whale, or 50m from a dolphin. Special restrictions apply when a calf is present. For more information about marine mammal approach distances, see the respecting marine mammals safety sticker. 

Never feed or harass marine mammals, it is illegal and it harms the animal. 

If you find a sick or stranded marine mammal (including whales, seals, sea lions and dolphins) please contact your local Natural Resources Centre or marine wildlife rescue organisation. For more information on what to do and who to call, visit the National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia website.

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