Location: Cook Inlet
Timing: August - September
Project: Photogrammetry surveys will be conducted to estimate age classes and an index of beluga calf production in late August/early September. A hexacopter UAS equipped with a high-resolution camera will be used to photograph beluga groups. Individuals will be measured to provide blowhole to dorsal ridge lengths, and whales will be assigned to calf, juvenile, and adult age classes based on relative lengths.
- Phillip Clapham, Program Manager, Cetacean Assessment and Ecology Program