Right Whales Gather Early; Mariners Asked to Take Caution

Mariners are asked to reduce speed or avoid waters around Martha’s Vineyard, with more than a dozenNorth Atlantic right whales were seen feeding in waters south of the Island.

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Humpback Whale Washes Up on Vineyard's South Shore

Researchers are analyzing samples taken from a dead humpback whale that washed up on the south shore of Martha’s Vineyard this week.

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Dead Whale Washes Up at South Beach

Norton Point will be closed to swimmers and vehicle traffic Wednesday to accommodate efforts to remove a dead fin whale.

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Norton Point Reopens After Dead Whale Taken to Sea

Norton Point was reopened Wednesday morning after a dead fin whale was towed out to sea.

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Whale Entangled in Fishing Gear Near Vineyard Is Freed

A minke whale entangled in fishing gear 40 miles southwest of Martha’s Vineyard was freed Sunday by the Center for Coastal Studies Marine Animal Entanglement Response. Responders said they expected the 15-foot whale to recover.

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Rite of Spring, Right Whales Return to Vineyard Waters

Aerial surveys conducted last week spotted a large group of North Atlantic right whales in the ocean south of the Vineyard. Mariners are asked to use caution while the critically endangered whales are present.

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Right Whales Spotted, Mariners Asked to Use Caution

Federal officials warn mariners that North Atlantic right whales have been spotted in the ocean south of the Vineyard, and a voluntary vessel restriction zone has been temporarily put in place to protect the endangered mammals.

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association said 10 right whales were spotted south of the two Islands on Feb. 24.

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Mariner Advisory Issued for Right Whales

Following the sighting of critically endangered right whales last week, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration has announced a voluntary speed reduction zone for vessels in a large area surrounding the Vineyard and Nantucket.

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Speed Restrictions to Protect Right Whales Are Working, Scientists Say

Notifying speeding sailors that regulations are in place to protect North Atlantic right whales has been effective in protecting the endangered whales from ship collisions, a new study by NOAA has found.

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Speed Limits to Protect Right Whales Become Permanent

Announced Monday, the news from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was hailed as a boost to protection efforts for the critically endangered right whales.

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