Where Have All The Whales Gone? The Cook Inlet Beluga Story

Beluga close-up, photo from NOAA, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
Beluga close-up, photo from NOAA, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.

With fewer than 350 known individuals left, scientists aren’t sure why the critically endangered Cook Inlet belugas are in decline. The National Marine Fisheries service says that with an annual average decline rate of 0.6 percent, the population remains at risk of extinction in the foreseeable future. Hear two biologists familiar with Cook Inlet belugas try to answer the question, “Where have all the whales gone?”

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  • Jenipher Cate, marine biologist
  • Josh Moffi, aquatic biologist


  • PDF of the PowerPoint presentation can be found here

BROADCAST ON KSKA: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. (Alaska time)

REPEAT BROADCAST: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. (Alaska time)

RECORDED: Thursday, January 29, at the Anchorage Museum auditorium

HOST: Anchorage Museum


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