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June 1, 2014 

B y the numbers That is the minimum distance, in yards, boaters must stay away from killer whales and other marine mammals. State and federal laws require boaters to stay at least that distance away from southern resident orcas and to avoid positioning their vessels in the path of oncoming whales. Boaters who find themselves too close are required to stop immediately and allow the whale to pass, according to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. The department issued 13 citations and dozens of warnings to boaters last year for not keeping a safe distance.

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