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U.S. Bans Swimming With Hawaii's Nocturnal Spinner Dolphins

Spinner dolphins between two worlds

Photographer: Alexis Rosenfeld/Getty Images

Honolulu (AP) -- U.S. regulators on Tuesday banned swimming with Hawaii's spinner dolphins to protect the nocturnal animals from people seeking close encounters with the playful species.

Swimming with dolphins is a popular tourist activity in Hawaii. Several companies offer tours that take swimmers to areas frequented by dolphins with the aim of giving them an opportunity to get in the water with the animals.