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By storm or war, 3,700 ships have gone down off the state's coast since the 1500s. Cargo from them supported many coastal villages. Even today wreck sites provide interest for divers and tourists who visit and for historians who seek to preserve them.
The General Assembly has appropriated $250,000 to the UNC Sea Grant College Program to study the state's fishing industry and collect such data as numbers of commercial and recreational fishermen and types of gear used.
Volunteers of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network, stretching from North Carolina to Texas, are on call twenty-four hours a day to rescue stranded dolphins and to gather data about them. The network also responds to calls about whales, seals, and turtles.
Dolphins and other marine mammals are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 against capture, harassment, and all human contact, except that which is legally authorized.
Although dolphins are common off the state's coastline, the bottlenose is the one most often seen from the beach. Observers may identify common dolphin behaviors like jumping, tail flips, spinning and surfing.