Pre-Deployment Visual Monitoring for Beluga Whales In and Near the Cook Inlet Tidal Energy Project Proposed Deployment Area, October 2009
Progress report of a study by LGL Alaska Research Associates, Inc., sponsored by ORPC Alaska to monitor beluga whale presence, relative abundance, and behavior off of the north side of Fire Island, Upper Cook Inlet, Alaska.
The beluga whale observations were continued in October with a total of 13 observation days (96.5 hours) from the observation tower set near Race Point on Fire Island. The observation teams chartered a small fixed-wing aircraft to travel daily between Anchorage and Fire Island, and also looked for beluga whales during the flight. Beluga whales were not observed at any location during any of the 13 observation days in October or seen during any of the crew-transport flights. No birds on the water in or near the Deployment Area or marine mammals were sighted during the 13 observational days.