- Associated Press - Friday, December 2, 2016

NEW SHOREHAM, R.I. (AP) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is asking East Coast mariners to be on the lookout for migrating right whales as the endangered marine mammals journey south for the winter.

There are about 500 North Atlantic right whales, and they are protected by measures including NOAA’s seasonal management areas along the coast.

Vessels greater than 65 feet long aren’t allowed to exceed speeds of 10 knots in these areas from November to April.

NOAA says the management areas stretch from Rhode Island to Georgia. They’re located around Block Island, the Port of New York and New Jersey, the entrances to the Delaware Bay and Chesapeake Bay, the ports of Morehead City and Beaufort, North Carolina, and an area between Wilmington, North Carolina, and Brunswick, Georgia.

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