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Whale guidelines issued after this year's sightings in Long Island Sound

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A possible humpback whale breach in Milford. (Bobby J's Bait & Tackle YouTube photo) A possible humpback whale breach in Milford. (Bobby J's Bait & Tackle YouTube photo)
A beluga whale spotted off the coast of RI. (David DeSalvo Facebook photo) A beluga whale spotted off the coast of RI. (David DeSalvo Facebook photo)
NEW LONDON, CT (WFSB) -

Environmental officials have put out an official warning about whales in Long Island Sound.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said recent sightings of a humpback and beluga whales have caused concern.

Beluga whales were spotted near Jamestown, RI back in May, according to Mystic Aquarium. Then in August, a boater in Milford said he recorded a humpback whale breaching the water.

DEEP said reaction and behavior of boaters could endanger the animals.

"The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is reminding all boaters that marine mammals are protected by the Federal Marine Mammal Protection Act," DEEP said in a statement.

The department advised boaters to follow whale watching guidelines to minimize the chances of harassing or injuring whales, not to mention avoid violating federal law.

DEEP said the guidelines apply to all large whales from Maine through Virginia.

They involved not getting within 500 yards or 1,500 feet of a while unless granted authorization.

More information can be found on the NOAA whale page here or the marine mammal page here.

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