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What is “bow riding”?

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Bow riding is when marine mammals swim near the front part (the bow) of a ship. Dolphins and porpoises are the most common animals that participate in bow

riding, though on occasion larger cetaceans like killer whales and other whales will ride in near, next or behind a boat. Larger mammals, such as killer whales, will typically swim in the wake of the boat, not in front of it, and at times can get very close to the boat. Even thought the wake of the boat is at the back of the boat, called the “stern” in naval terminology, these animals are still considered to be “bow riding” and not “stern riding” or “wake riding.”

 

 

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