beluga whales

Harbor porpoises in Halibut Cove Lagoon

Jan 23, 2020
Sebastiaan Koreman Wikimedia Commons

Bring your lunch to Kachemak Bay Campus on Friday, January 24 from noon to 1 p.m. and learn about the secret life of harbor porpoises in Halibut Cove Lagoon.

It’s part of a series of free lectures hosted by the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

On this episode, learn how to join the sandhill crane count and next month's beluga whale count. Also, Dr Katrin Iken talks with  reporter Amanda Compton about sea ice algae and Professor Debbie Boege Tobin previews upcoming classes at Kachemak Bay Campus. To see the  proposal for the Ecological Baseline and Management Plan for Inspiration Ridge Crane Preserve, go to:
https://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/handle/2027.42/136566

ADF&G looks deeper into declining Cook Inlet belugas

Sep 26, 2017
Photo courtesy of LGL Alaska Research Associates

The beluga whale population in Cook Inlet has been steadily declining since the 1970s. The number of whales in the area today is just a third of what it once was, and the Alaska Department of Fish Game wants to help belugas recover.

In order to do that, Fish and Game needs to answer other questions about mating and their habitat, and two new studies aim to do just that.

Back in the 1970s, beluga whales were common around Cook Inlet, with a count of about 1,300 in the area. Now that number is closer to 340. 

Photo courtesy of LGL Alaska Research Associates

The Center for Biological Diversity is calling for the National Marine Fisheries Service to stop BlueCrest Energy’s plans to conduct hydraulic fracturing of oil wells in Cook Inlet, citing concern for beluga whales.


  The Alaska Ocean Observing System recently rolled out a new information hub that’s all about beluga whales. The Cook Inlet Beluga Ecosystem Portal is a one-stop shop for beluga data that its creators hope will help scientists and the public make more informed decisions in the future.

From aerial views of Alaska’s coastline to environmental data to social statistics, the new beluga ecosystem portal has a lot of information.