Kim E. W. Shelden

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The North Pacific right whale, Eubalaena japonica, is one of the most endangered species of whale in the world. On 10 August 2004, two right whales were located in the Bering Sea using headings to right whale calls provided by directional sonobuoys. A satellite-monitored radio tag attached to one of these whales functioned for 40 days. Over the 40-day(More)
Killer whale predation on belugas in Cook Inlet, Alaska, has become a concern since the decline of these belugas was documented during the 1990s. Accordingly, killer whale sightings were compiled from systematic surveys, observer databases, and anecdotal accounts. Killer whales have been relatively common in lower Cook Inlet (at least 100 sightings from(More)
This provided a thorough coverage of the coasts around the entire inlet (1,388 km) as well as 1,538 km of offshore transects. Therefore, 100% of the coastal areas where belugas were expected to be during this season were searched one or more times, and 29% of the entire inlet was searched. The 40 hr survey was flown in a twin-engine, high-wing Aero(More)
  • E. W. Shelden, D. J. Vos, +4 authors D. J. Rugh
  • 2006
This report does not constitute a publication and is for information only. All data herein are to be considered provisional. (Delphinapterus leucas) under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA); the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) recommended that a Status Review be conducted to incorporate new scientific findings available since the publication(More)
In the eastern North Pacific Ocean, the harbor porpoise ranges from Point Barrow, along the Alaska coast, and down the west coast of North America to Point Conception, California (Gaskin 1984). Harbor porpoise primarily frequent coastal waters and in the Gulf of Alaska and Southeast Alaska (Dahlheim et al., 2009), they occur most frequently in waters less(More)
1. To help define areas and ecological parameters critical to the survival and recovery of the remnant population of North Pacific right whales, habitat use was investigated by examining all available sighting and catch records in the southeastern Bering Sea (SEBS) and Gulf of Alaska (GOA) over the past two centuries. 2. Based on re-analyses of commercial(More)
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) conducted an aerial survey of the beluga whale population in Cook Inlet, Alaska, during 8-14 June 1999. The 41.5 hr survey was flown in a twin-engine, high-wing aircraft at an altitude of 244 m (800 ft) and speed of 185 km/hr (100 kt) along a trackline 1.4 km from shore, consistent with annual surveys flown each(More)
NMFS has new genetic information on harbor seals in Alaska which indicates that the current division of Alaskan harbor seals into the Southeast Alaska, Gulf of Alaska, and Bering Sea stocks needs to be reassessed. NMFS, in cooperation with our partners in the Alaskan Native community, is evaluating the new genetic information and hopes to make a joint(More)