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NOAA Extends Right Whale Protection Zone Into September

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the protective zone is located south of Nantucket and it's designed to help North Atlantic right whales.

The federal government says it's extending a voluntary protective zone designed to help rare whales into September.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the protective zone is located south of Nantucket and it's designed to help North Atlantic right whales.

The whales number only about 360 and are vulnerable to ship collisions, so NOAA has asked mariners to slow down when near them.

An aerial survey team sighted the whales in the area on Aug. 25. NOAA said the slow zone has been extended through Sept. 9.

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