(BIVN) – State law enforcement have cited a Maui man for interacting with whales and dolphins in the waters off Kona.
From the Hawaiʻi DLNR:
65-year-old David Jiménez of Maui was cited this morning at Kealakekua Bay on Hawai‘i Island, after the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) received numerous calls reporting alleged wildlife harassment. Jiménez was allegedly actively pursuing an adolescent humpback whale and dolphins inside Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park.
On Sunday, DOCARE officers received a video recording of a man snorkeling close enough to the adolescent humpback whale to almost touch the whale’s fin.
When a DOCARE officer arrived on shore early today, they recorded Jiménez actively pursuing a pod of spinner dolphins. They recorded a video, in which they say Jiménez, in the black dive suit, was leading a group chasing the dolphins. Both whales and dolphins are protected by state and federal laws.
Jiménez refers to himself as “Dolphin Dave,” on Facebook, and told officers he’s not going to stop swimming with whales and dolphins, “because it’s magical and others do much worse things.”
He was cited with the following violations of Hawai‘i Administrative Rules (HAR):
13-124-3(b)(1) Prohibited Acts in Regard to Endangered Whale Species
13-146-41 Harassing Wildlife in a State Park
Jiménez was summoned to appear in Kona District court at 8:30 a.m. May 11, 2023.
To report wildlife harassment or suspected violations, call the 24-hour DLNR tip line at 808-643-DLNR or report via the free DLNRTip app.
by Big Island Video News
KONA, Hawaiʻi - A 65-year-old Maui man is accused of actively pursuing an adolescent humpback whale and dolphins inside Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park.