Killer whales could have quiet space off Washington coast

FILE -- In this photo taken July 31, 2015, an orca whale leaps out of the water near a whale watching boat in the Salish Sea in the San Juan Islands, Wash. The federal government is considering a petition that calls for a whale protection zone on the west side of Washington's San Juan Island. Three groups have asked NOAA Fisheries to establish an area that would restrict most motorized vessels in order to protect endangered southern resident killer whales from noise and other disturbances. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)SEATTLE (AP) — The federal government is considering whether it should set up an area off Washington's San Juan Island where endangered killer whales would be protected from motorboats and other disturbances.

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January 14, 2017 1:31 am

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