North Carolina authorities have been alerting boating enthusiasts after witnessing over 115 whales gather north of Carolina Coast.

The humpbacks, fin and blue whales were all spotted in the vicinity of Farallon Islands and because of their endangered status, authorities are attempting to force boaters to maintain the minimum distance required to ensure the whales’ safety.

According to Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary superintendent, Maria Brown, vessels are now asked to maintain a constant speed of 10 knots in boat traffic lanes coming into San Francisco. Fishermen as well as recreational boaters are also asked to maintain a minimum distance of 300 feet from the whales.

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