Whale sanctuary receives nautical protection

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Whale season is wrapping up in Hawaii, but Coast Guard crews are still on the lookout as they scan for interactions between vessels and the big creatures below the surface around the Hawaiian Islands. It's estimated that more than 10,000 humpback whales migrated from Alaska to their southern home in the warm waters of Hawaii this season. Coast Guard crews routinely patrol the waters around Hawaii — particularly the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary — to ensure mariners mind the presence of these friendly giants.

Visit the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Web site for information.

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