Cook Inlet Beluga Biopsy Study


Cook Inlet beluga whales.

Location: Cook Inlet

Timing: August - September

Funding: NOAA

Project: A boat-based biopsy survey will be conducted to provide information on the sex, genetics, diet, and hormonal status (for stress, pregnancy, sexual maturity, etc.) of individual beluga whales. In collaboration with GREMM scientists, blubber samples will be collected using a darting gun. Photographs of each biopsied whale and associated whales will be taken and analyzed to identify individuals, which will be matched to the existing LGL photo-identification catalog.


  • Phillip Clapham, Program Manager, Cetacean Assessment and Ecology Program

Last updated by Alaska Fisheries Science Center on May 15, 2018