The federal government placed the Beluga Whales in Alaska under the protection of the Endangered Species Act. Protective measures in place for the last decade have failed to ensure the survival of this species.
Interestingly enough, the findings made by NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service conflict with Sarah Palin’s reports. Which she has questioned there being true evidence that the Beluga Whale population has been on the decline.
NOAA said the “Cook Inlet” which harbors many of these whales, has had a decline of 50 percent in the Beluga population between 1994 and 1998. Unfortunately the population still hasn’t recovered and conditions have gotten worse.
There are now an estimated 375 Beluga Whales in the Cook Inlet compared with 653 back in 1995.