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10/20/2008 03:33 PM ID: 74162 Permalink   

Beluga Whales on Endangered List


The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has added the Alaskan Beluga Whale to the list of species that deserve special protection. The decision contradicts Alaskan Governor and Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin.

The population of Cook Inlet Beluga Whales has dropped to about 375 from a 1995 high of almost 700 individuals. The listing means that government projects and permits will have to demonstrate that no harm will come to the whales during a project.

The whales face a multitude of threats, and Palin's decision to challenge the listing in April delayed a research study designed to determine the biggest threats to the whale population. Killer whales are the natural enemy of beluga whales.

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I thought they had been endangered species for a while. Guess you learn something new everyday.
  by: qwerty017   10/20/2008 04:43 PM     
does this mean no more Beluga caviar? What a shame!
  by: elzorro   10/20/2008 11:18 PM     
  I've always wanted to eat...  
...a beluga whale. And a dolphin. oh and a penguin.
  by: vash_the_stampede     12/11/2008 01:40 AM     
Uh.... Were you in one of my mentor's English classes? Kids made a list of 100 things they wanted to do before they died and I had one kid who listed that. I believe that bear, lion, and a couple of other endangered animals.
  by: Jaded Fox     12/11/2008 10:42 PM     
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