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2009-01-15 13:20:00

Alaska's government said Wednesday it plans to issue a challenge to block federal protections for a struggling population of beluga whales in Cook Inlet, a mature oil-producing basin. The decision comes just five months after suing to keep polar bears off the U.S. threatened species list. The energy-rich state believes the Endangered Species Act protections for belugas announced in October by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are unwarranted, according to former vice...

2008-10-23 00:00:11

Federal researchers said they're trying to figure out why beluga whales are dying in Alaska's Cook Inlet. The belugas have been listed as endangered, with an estimated 375 of the animals left in the area. A report by the National Marine Fisheries Service suggests 18 possible threats to the whales, including disease, whale poaching and unnatural noise in the water from off-shore drilling and pile-driving, the Anchorage Daily News reported Wednesday. Researchers said oil and gas spills,...

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2008-10-20 09:35:00

The federal government listed Alaska's beluga whales as endangered on Friday, after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) determined that belugas in Cook Inlet are at risk of extinction and deserving of protection under the Endangered Species Act.Whales in the Cook Inlet, the channel that flows from Anchorage to the Gulf of Alaska, are among five beluga populations in Alaska waters.Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin called the move "premature", and pressed for more time to make...

2008-10-18 00:00:08

The Cook Inlet beluga whale population near Anchorage, Alaska, was placed on the U.S. endangered list, federal marine officials said Friday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said current protections have not been successful in recovering the beluga whale population. NOAA's Fisheries Service said listing the Cook Inlet beluga whales means any federal agency that funds, authorizes or carries out new projects or activities that may affect the whales in the area must first...

2008-09-08 12:00:19

By Leonard Doyle Seen from the air, Sarah Palin's state is an environmental wonderland. From Anchorage to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, there is a vast landscape of snow-capped peaks, fjords, crystal glaciers, coastal lagoons, wide river deltas and tundra. The guardian of this wilderness - and Governor of Alaska - has, this week, become one of the most recognisable faces in the world. But behind her beaming smile and wholesome family values is a woman aligned with the big oil and...

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2008-04-24 07:40:00

Experts outline primary risks of climate change to natives of the ArcticThe loss of sea ice due to climate change could spell disaster for polar bears and other Arctic marine mammals. The April Special Issue of Ecological Applications examines such potential effects, puts them in historical context, and describes possible conservation measures to mitigate them. The assessment reflects the latest thinking of experts representing multiple scientific disciplines.Sea ice is the common habitat...

2008-03-26 09:00:27

LEXINGTON, Ky. _ Peregrine falcon, wild turkey, white-tailed deer. These three high-profile wildlife species were re-established in Kentucky after being absent for generations. Next month, another native species will make its return when fishery biologists of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources begin releasing lake sturgeon into the Cumberland River below Cumberland Falls. The goal is to create a self-sustaining wild population in a river where historically the fish...

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2008-03-07 06:15:00

A white killer whale was spotted last month for the first time in Alaska since 2001. The whale, sighted by scientists aboard the Oscar Dyson, was in Alaska's Aleutian Islands. Holly Fearnbach, a research biologist with the National Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle, photographed the almost mythic whale. She claimed that although she had heard of the whale, she had never seen one. "It was quite neat to find it."When the whale appeared, the Oscar Dyson's crew was conducting an acoustic survey...

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2007-12-19 08:00:00

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The number of beluga whales swimming in Cook Inlet appears to be increasing, but biologist say it's too soon to know whether the winsome white whales are finally making a comeback. Fisheries biologists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration were quick to caution Tuesday that the increased estimate does not in itself prove that the genetically distinct whales are finally recovering after numbers fell by more than half - a drop blamed largely on...

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2007-11-04 03:00:00

By ANITA CHANG BEIJING - An 8-year-old girl runs 2,212 miles to Beijing in 55 days. A 10-year-old swims in a river with her hands and feet bound. And then there's 4-year-old Yang Yang, riding a 1,000-pound beluga whale. Kids' stunts such as these are becoming more common as Olympic fever rises with the approach of next summer's games. But don't expect any great outcry. In China, where one-child families are the government-enforced norm, pushing a child to overachieve is a social...


Latest Beluga Reference Libraries

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2007-08-10 15:52:34

The Beluga Whale or White Whale (Delphinapterus leucas), is an Arctic and sub-arctic species of marine mammal. It is commonly referred to simply as the Beluga. The Beluga occurs in waters from 50° N to 80° N. There is also an isolated population which travels the St. Lawrence River estuary and the Saguenay Fjord. There is an endangered colony of Belugas in the Cook Inlet in Alaska as well. This small whale can grow up to 16 feet long and is larger than most dolphins, but smaller...

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2007-02-13 13:23:54

The beluga (Huso huso) is a species of anadromous fish in the sturgeon family (Acipenseridae) of order Acipenseriformes. It is found primarily in the Caspian and Black Sea basins, and occasionally in the Adriatic Sea. Heavily fished for the female's valuable roe"”known as beluga caviar"”the beluga is a large, maximum 19 feet (6 meters), slow-growing and late-maturing fish that can live for 150 years. The species' numbers have been greatly reduced by over-fishing or poaching, prompting...

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2005-06-02 08:40:46

Sturgeon (Acipenser) is a genus of 20 different fishes, of which some twenty different species are known, from European, Asiatic and North American rivers. They pass a great part of the year in the sea, but periodically swim into large rivers, some in spring to deposit their spawn, others later in the season for some purpose unknown; only a few of the species are exclusively confined to fresh water. None occur in the tropics or in the southern hemisphere. In Russia the fisheries are of...

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