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NOAA Extends Protection Zone For Right Whales Off Boston

Cynthia Christman
Right whales engaging in what scientists believe is reproductive behavior, but might also be a social activity.

BOSTON - Federal ocean managers are asking mariners to continue slowing down east of Boston because of sightings of rare right whales in the area. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it is asking mariners to go around the area or travel through it at 10 knots or less until May 9.

The group of whales was spotted on April 24. Right whales number only about 400 and are one of the rarest large ocean animals.