US issues rule protecting habitat for false killer whales

  • In this July 4, 2016 file photo provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, false killer whales swim off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii. A U.S. federal agency will designate waters around Hawaii as protected critical habitat for endangered false killer whales. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports about 17,500 square miles of ocean habitat will be protected under a new rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service that goes into effect Aug. 23, 2018. (NOAA via AP, File)

  • In this May 9, 2017, file photo, Kina, a 40-year-old false killer whale, works with trainer Jeff Pawloski at Sea Life Park in Waimanalo, Hawaii. A U.S. federal agency will designate waters around Hawaii as protected critical habitat for endangered false killer whales. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports about 17,500 square miles of ocean habitat will be protected under a new rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service that goes into effect Aug. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

HONOLULU — A federal agency will designate waters around Hawaii as protected critical habitat for endangered false killer whales.

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