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Beluga Whale Habitat Increased

Beluga Whale Habitat Increased

An extra three thousand square miles of habitat for endangered beluga whales has been designated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. There are less than 350 Cook Inlet beluga whales remaining in the wild. Two areas within the Cook Inlet are the new protected territory. The designation of the habitat as protected falls under the Endangered Species Act and restricts the construction and operation of oil rigs, port construction and dredging. Protected areas include locations within the Cook Inlet and nearby waters where the whales move seasonally, and places of biological significance, for example, where their food sources are. It was only in 2008 that Cook Inlet beluga whales were granted protection as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. In 2000 they had been listed as a depleted species under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. In 1995 they had a ...

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