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Application of Suction-Cup-Attached VHF Transmitters to the Study of Beluga Surfacing Behavior in Cook Inlet, Alaska

January 01, 2000

Using radio transmitters to observe Cook Inlet beluga surfacing behavior.

Suction-cup-attached VHF radio transmitters were deployed on beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas), in Cook Inlet, Alaska in 1994 and 1995 to characterize the whales’ surfacing behavior. Data from video recordings were also used to characterize behavior of undisturbed whales and whales actively pursued for tagging.

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James A. Lerczak, Kim E. W. Shelden, and Roderick C. Hobbs. Published in Marine Fisheries Review 62(3), 2000. 

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 03/06/2019

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