During this winter season, marked by an exceptional presence of humpback whales in Reunion waters, the State would like to remind you of the rules to respect to avoid the disturbance of cetaceans while ensuring the safety of people. Respect for principles and rules is essential when approaching, observing and launching into the water near these wild animals. Surveillance and control measures are implemented throughout the season.
In accordance with prefectural decree no. 2021-1306 of July 7, 2021, this regulation includes precise rules on distance, approach speed, attendance gauge and observation times. If certain parameters also depend on the behavior of cetaceans, in particular the minimum distance, it is appropriate at all times to exercise caution and precaution by favoring a reduced speed or even a standstill to avoid any disturbance to marine mammals. The main rules are recalled in the document below, which must also be displayed on all ships.