BOSTON (AP) — The federal government is extending three protective zones designed to help endangered whales until late March.
The protective areas are intended to protect North Atlantic right whales from ship strikes, which can be fatal.READ MORE: Couple Gets Engaged In UMass Memorial Maternity Room After Son Is Born
Two of the zones are based on aerial surveys by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that observed two separate aggregations of the whales 31 nautical miles south of Nantucket, Massachusetts, and 47 nautical miles southeast of Nantucket. NOAA said those protective areas are in effect through March 27.
Another protective area in effect through March 29 is based on the observation of right whales 18 nautical miles east of Boston.READ MORE: Worcester Considers Bringing Back Indoor Mask Mandate With COVID Cases Rising
The whales were observed earlier in the month. Mariners are asked to route around the three areas or transit through them at 10 knots or less.
There are only about 400 of the whales left in the world.MORE NEWS: Lawmaker Proposes Universal Mask Mandate In All Massachusetts Schools
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