Scientists catalog Cook Inlet belugas

Posted: Monday, February 09, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Researchers are individually cataloguing Cook Inlet's endangered beluga whales through photographs that show the animals' distinctive marks.

The photos document scars, shading and other distinguishing features.

Tamara McGuire, a wildlife biologist, discussed the process Saturday at a symposium hosted by Defenders of Wildlife.

McGuire was among more than a dozen experts on belugas who shared their knowledge at the event.

Among other speakers was a beluga hunter who has given it up for the good of the species and an Alaska Pacific University professor who is studying the whales' acoustic world.

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