Researchers want to know why beluga whales haven't recovered
September 27, 2017
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — New research aims to find out why highly endangered beluga whales in Alaska's Cook Inlet have failed to recover despite protective measures.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded more than $1.3 million to the state for three years of research involving the white whales.
"While we know what we believe caused the initial decline, we're not sure what's causing the population to remain suppressed," said Mandy Keogh, a wildlife physiologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
A population of 1,300 belugas dwindled steadily through the...