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'Whale waters' in Glacier Bay

Whale presence triggers speed cap in Alaska's lower Glacier Bay

A vessel speed limit of 13 knots will be in effect from 5 a.m. Tuesday in Alaska's lower Glacier Bay. Over the past several days, at least 14 humpback whales have been observed feeding in this area,  according to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve acting superintendent Tom VandenBerg.

As shown on the map, the designated whale waters extend from the mouth of Glacier Bay to a line drawn between the northern tip of Strawberry Island and the northern tip of Lars Island.

The speed limit had been raised to 20 knots on June 5 due to a decrease in the number of humpback whales in the area.

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