NOAA Enacts Slow Speed Zone To Protect New England Whales
A group of 50 North Atlantic Right whales have recently been seen congregating off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, and federal officials are asking boaters to slow down to protect them from extinction.
With only about 400 of the endangered species left on the planet, NOAA has imposed a speed limit of not more than 10 knots until February 15th.
Boat and ship collisions account for the majority of right whale deaths off New England. Getting tangled in fishing gear is the second cause of death.