Tag Archives: Kathy Burek

Endangered Cook Inlet belugas continue to decline, scientists aren’t sure why

Cook Inlet beluga whales are continuing to decline in number, according to a NOAA abundance estimate released last month. From Alaska’s Energy Desk, Kavitha George has the story of how the decline in belugas is both controversial and largely unexplained. Cook Inlet beluga. (Photo by Paul Wade/NOAA) The decline of the white whales in the inlet in view of Anchorage …

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Surfers’ Beach whale necropsy adds to the growing body of data about 2019 gray whale deaths

Yet another gray whale washed up in Alaska this month, this time on Kodiak’s Surfers’ Beach. These strandings are becoming increasingly common, but scientists still don’t have a solid picture of what’s going on with the population. The stranded gray whale was discovered on Surfers Beach the first week of July. Necropsy samples were collected under the MMHSRP Permit #18786. …

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