Historic and Current Use of Lower Cook Inlet, Alaska, by Belugas, Delphinapterus leucas

Speckman, Suzann G. and Piatt, John F. (2000) Historic and Current Use of Lower Cook Inlet, Alaska, by Belugas, Delphinapterus leucas. Marine Fisheries Review, 62(3), pp. 22-26.

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Abstract

Dedicated at-sea surveys for marine birds and mammals conducted in lower Cook Inlet in late July and early August from 1995–99 failed to locate any belugas, Delphinapterus leucas. Surveys covered a total of 6,249 linear km and were conducted in both nearshore and offshore habitats. Sightings included 791 individual marine mammals of 10 species. Both historical data and local knowledge indicate that belugas were regularly seen in summer in nearshore and offshore areas of lower Cook Inlet up until the early 1990’s. Diminished presence of belugas in lower Cook Inlet may be a direct function of reduced numbers but may also indicate changes in habitat quality that may inhibit recovery.

Item Type: Article
Title: Historic and Current Use of Lower Cook Inlet, Alaska, by Belugas, Delphinapterus leucas
Personal Creator/Author:
CreatorsEmail
Speckman, Suzann G.
Piatt, John F.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 62
Number: 3
Page Range: pp. 22-26
Date: 2000
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Biology
Ecology
Fisheries
Item ID: 9767
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2012 14:32
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2012 14:32
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9767

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