- Associated Press - Sunday, June 14, 2015

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - A federal agency is looking into complaints that boaters in the Beaufort area were giving food to Dolphins.

It’s against the law to give marine mammals food, according to the The Island Packet newspaper on Hilton Head Island (https://bit.ly/1L4OMjO ).

The newspaper reports that a community website posted pictures of local boaters offering food to dolphins. The images were reported to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and later taken down.

The government agency confirmed it was looking into the complaints but declined further comment.

Lt. Michael Paul Thomas of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources said that feeding dolphins may encourage them to swim closer to boats, putting them in danger of being hit by the boat or propeller.

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