The booming tourist industry in Hurghada has now been in full swing for some years. A popular tourist attraction in the area is the commercially marketed "Swimming with wild dolphins", an experience offered by a variety of agencies in the area. Research results have shown that in certain reefs, dolphins prefer to rest. These resting places are abused by various vendors to bring the dolphins to the people by pursuing them with their boats all day.
It is imperative that appropriate policies are created and enforced in order to prevent long-term negative consequences for the dolphins' health.
By conducting both over-and underwater research, the project "Dolphin Watch Research Project" is trying to gain new insights into the behaviour of dolphins as to be able to set up necessary protection zones at certain locations in the Red Sea.