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The Impact of Paddleboarding on Wildlife

Paddleboarding is a great way to see the world from a different perspective, including our waterways. It’s also an excellent way to get exercise and enjoy the great outdoors. Sadly, it does have a hidden impact on wildlife that most people don’t realise. If you’re planning to go paddleboarding, there are some things you should know about the environmental impact this sport can have on animals.

Here are some ways that paddleboarding can harm wildlife. Hopefully you’ll be able to make more informed decisions in the future.

How Paddleboarding Harms Wildlife

Paddleboarding can disturb wildlife in their natural habitats. Sea birds, seals, and other marine life have been known to swim away from the area when they see humans approaching. Paddleboarding near these animals may be causing them distress.

What You Can Do to Avoid disrupting wildlife

Though not fully understood, there are indications that paddleboarding can affect the waterways that you choose for your adventures. It could harm wildlife, disrupt habitats, or mess up local ecosystems. So, what you can do to avoid these impacts?

• Identify the areas where animals are most likely to be present and avoid them.
• Slow down when you’re near nesting sites. This will help protect nesting birds.
• Refrain from getting in the water near seal colonies as they're more accessible to
predators like sharks.

Here at Sea Lion we’re all about eco awesome adventures! Not only should every aspect of our business consider the implications and effect on our environment, but sharing our knowledge freely should inspire you to join the community of planet-focused paddlers, out to protect the waterways we play in. Simple choices and small ripples can make waves!