"Study: Endangered AK Beluga Whale Group Declining"

"ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A government study found that a group of endangered beluga whales in Alaska is declining, raising concern that bolstered protection for the animals is not coming quickly enough.

The downward trend comes after two years where numbers for the Cook Inlet belugas appeared to have stabilized. But now numbers have slipped again to 321 animals, down from an estimated 375 animals in 2007 and 2008, according to figures released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration."

The Associated Press had the story October 6, 2009.

Source: AP, 10/07/2009