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NOAA Releases New Abundance Estimate for Endangered Cook Inlet Beluga Whales

Population estimated to be smaller and declining more quickly than previously thought.
January 28, 2020 - Feature Story ,
Baby whale poking its head out of the water

Potential Impacts of Noise on Endangered Beluga Whales in Cook Inlet

Five-year study produces most complete set of sound recordings to date for Cook Inlet.
June 03, 2019 - Feature Story ,
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Alaska Citizen Recovers Valuable Scientific Instruments

Tyler Brown landed his airplane to rescue lost instruments containing irreplaceable data on endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales.
March 07, 2019 - Feature Story ,
Plane on snowy landscape

Make Way for Whale Week 2019

Discover more about these awe-inspiring marine mammals and learn about our work to conserve and protect them.
February 11, 2019 - Feature Story ,
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Welcome to Whale Week 2018

A message from Chris Oliver, head of NOAA Fisheries.
February 08, 2018 - Leadership Message ,
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Immediate Action Saves Baby Beluga Whale

Successful Rescue Operation Requires Interagency Cooperation
October 17, 2017 - Feature Story ,
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NOAA Fisheries Recognizes JBER Team as Cook Inlet Beluga Recovery Heroes

Agency presents first Species in the Spotlight award in Alaska
April 07, 2017 - Feature Story ,
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Long-Term Surveys Show Endangered Beluga Population Inhabiting Just a Portion of Historic Seasonal Range in Alaska’s Cook Inlet

The Cook Inlet Beluga whale is a NOAA Fisheries “Species in the Spotlight.” Listed as endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, this population of beluga whale may be at risk of extinction. An agency-wide effort is underway to protect it along with seven other high-risk species. July is Habitat Month. In this feature, we highlight ongoing research that helps us identify key areas where belugas live.
July 13, 2016 - Feature Story ,
Group of beluga whales swimming in the ocean

The Endangered Beluga Whales of Cook Inlet Alaska

Alaska Fisheries Science Center Quarterly Report
January 01, 2011 - Feature Story ,
Whale swimming in water