Dolphin Dave David Jiménez Cited For Harassing Whale

After posting a video of himself harassing a humpback whale, Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) cited David Jiménez, 65, with two wildlife violations.

Jiménez refers to himself as “Dolphin Dave” on Facebook, according to the department.

On March 5, Hawaii wildlife officers received video of a man, later identified as Jiménez, snorkeling at Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park close enough to an adolescent humpback whale that he could almost touch the whale’s fin.

When a Division of Conservation and Resources Environment (DOCARE) officer went to the park to begin their investigation, they spotted Jiménez in the water again, allegedly pursuing a pod of spinner dolphins. Officers recorded him snorkeling with the dolphins as evidence.

Whales and dolphins are protected by Hawaii state and federal laws.

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