New Zealand Marine Mammals are protected by the Government Legislation of 1992. The Department of Conservation is the governing body for all marine mammals, regardless of if they are free-swimming, in captivity, stranded or dead. Please abide by these rules and be aware of the following:
It is illegal to enter the water with the intention to swim or dive or snorkel with orca, in New Zealand waters.
Dr Ingrid Visser has a special permit issued by the Department of Conservation to conduct her research.
Boats must observing the following;
Never approach closer than 50 m, always approach from behind and never go in between individuals in a group. You must not drive faster than 5 knts when approaching and leaving the orca (for up to 200 m).