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Right Whale Protections Off New England Extended to End of November

The whales are vulnerable to ship collisions and entanglement in fishing gear

Whale's tail above water
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The federal government has extended measures meant to protect an endangered species of whale off New England through the end of the month.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it is asking mariners to go slowly through an area south of Nantucket or avoid it completely. Similar protections have been in place throughout the fall.

The whale numbers at only 366, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said last month in an estimate that reflects the population as of January 2019. The previous estimate, which reflected January 2018, was 412.

The whales are vulnerable to ship collisions and entanglement in fishing gear. The slow zone is located off of southern New England and east of Long Island, New York.

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