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NOAA Fisheries: Species Directory, Beluga Whale: Learn about the biology and ecology of beluga whales, including their appearance, distribution, behavior, diet, threats, conservation status, and management. Access the NOAA archive containing recent scientific reports and journal articles on this iconic species.

NOAA Fisheries: Alaska Marine Mammal Viewing Guidelines: Learn about how you can prevent marine mammal disturbance while viewing marine mammals in the wild.

NOAA Fisheries: Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Recovery Plan: Provides background on the Cook Inlet beluga whale and highlights the potential threats this population faces based on our current knowledge.

NOAA: Citizen Science Defined: See how the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration defines citizen science and check out other citizen science projects they support along our coasts!


Storymap: Defending Cook Inlet Belugas

Learn it all about Cook Inlet belugas with Defenders of Wildlife’s storymap.

Wildlife Wednesday Presentation: Belugas in our backyard

This Alaska Wildlife Alliance’s Wildlife Wednesday virtual presentation is given by Dr. Alison Gardell and Teresa Becher. They update you on fall 2019 beluga monitoring with a focus on the Kenai River.

Worksheet: Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Graphing Activity

Defenders of Wildlife’s worksheet teaches you how scientists count these animals and allows you to graph the changes in the Cook Inlet beluga population over the years.

Short Video: Working Together to Recover the Endangered Cook Inlet Beluga

Defenders of Wildlife’s video informs you how these animals are unique and what is threatening them.

Short Video: Cook Inlet Beluga Whales in our backyard!

ADF&G video about our Cook Inlet beluga whale and how you can help.

Animated Short: Belugas Count!

ADF&G teamed with partners NOAA Fisheries, Defenders of Wildlife, Alaska Wildlife Alliance, Friends of Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge, and Beluga Whale Alliance to create a Belugas Count! animated short.