Beluga Whales Get to Keep Their Homes | Taryn Kiekow’s Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Beluga Whales Get to Keep Their Homes | Taryn Kiekow’s Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC.

Beluga Whales Get to Keep Their Homes

Taryn Kiekow

Posted December 1, 2009 in Reviving the World’s OceansSaving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Beluga whales are known as the “canaries of the seas” for their melodious and wondrous vocalizations.  Today Cook Inlet beluga whales have something truly beautiful to sing about: the National Marine Fisheries Service announced its proposal to permanently designate critical habitat for the Cook Inlet beluga whale under the Endangered Species Act.  Click here to read the press release issued by Cook Inletkeeper, NRDC and others applauding the agency’s reliance on science over politics. (And by politics, I mean the State of Alaska’s threat to sue the federal government in order to overturn endangered species protections for the Cook Inlet beluga whale.  Fortunately, no lawsuit has been filed yet.)

While there are four other beluga whale populations in Alaska, the Cook Inlet beluga whale is genetically unique and geographically isolated to waters in and around Anchorage, Alaska.  There are also only about 300 to 400 of them left.

read the entire article here:   http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/tkiekow/beluga_whales_get_to_keep_thei.html

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