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PLYMOUTH, Mass. — Federal and local officials will gather Friday morning to discuss whale safety amid a slew of close encounter with boaters in the water off Plymouth.

NOAA Fisheries, Plymouth officials, the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, Massachusetts Environmental Police, and U.S. Coast Guard will host provide information and answer questions about recent vessel interactions with three juvenile humpback whales that are feeding off Plymouth.

Officials say their goal is to inform the public about why the whales are in the area, in addition to clarifying safe whale viewing guidelines.

Many viral videos of encounters with whales in the area have emerged in recent days, including taken by a boater that showed a breaching whale landing on a boat. The six people on board the boat, who were fishing at the time, were unhurt. The whale was not injured.

Environmental officials have warned boaters to stay at least 100 yards away from whales whenever possible.

Whales may become more unpredictable due to their young age and the presence of encroaching vessels in shallow water, Massachusetts Environmental Police warned.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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