Subject: Beluga Info

Martine Berube (
Tue, 21 Oct 1997 18:28:53 -0700

Question:I am researching the sustainability of the beluga (past and
present) and
would appreciate any information that you could send my way.

Dear Jennifer Chapman,

For some basic facts and references, I would look at this address:  However, you should contact
Dr. Pierre Richard in Winnipeg at Fisheries and Oceans Canada. As you do
not mention which area in particular you are interested in, I have pasted
some references of studies from different part of the world. I understand
that you are at the University of Manitoba, so you should be able to find
these papers at your library.
Good luck with your research,

Brennin, R; Murray, B W; Friesen, M K; Maieres, L D; Clayton, J W; White, B N.
     Population genetic structure of beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas):
   Mitochondrial DNA sequence variation within and among North American
     Canadian Journal of Zoology, v.75, n.5, (1997): 795-802.

Harwood, L A; Innes, S; Norton, P; Kingsley, M C S.
      Distribution and abundance of beluga whales in the Mackenzie estuary,
    southeast Beaufort Sea, and west Amundsen Gulf during late July 1992.
      Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, v.53, n.10, (1996):

Beland, P.
      The Beluga whales of the St. Lawrence River.
      Scientific American, v.274, n.5, (1996): 74-81.

Heide-Jorgensen, M P; Reeves, R R.
      Evidence of a decline in beluga, Delphinapterus leucas, abundance off
    West Greenland.
      ICES Journal of Marine Science, v.53, n.1, (1996): 61-72.

Doidge, D W; Finley, K J.
      Status of the Baffin Bay Population of Beluga, Delphinapterus leucas.
      Canadian Field-Naturalist, v.107, n.4, 533-546.

Richard, P R.
      Status of the Beluga, Delphinapterus leucas, in Western and Southern
    Hudson Bay.
      Canadian Field-Naturalist, v.107, n.4, 524-532.

Moore, S E; Clarke, J T; Johnson, M M.
      Beluga distribution and movements offshore northern Alaska in spring and
    summer, 1980-84.
      Report of the International Whaling Commission, n.43, (1993): 375-386.

Frost, K J; Lowry, L F; Carroll, G.
      Beluga Whale and Spotted Seal Use of A Coastal Lagoon System in the
    Northeastern Chukchi Sea.
      Arctic, v.46, n.1, (1993): 7-16.

Martine Berube
Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of California
Irvine, CA, 92697-2525