Photos taken under General Authorization, Letter of Confirmation No. 481-1759, MMPA/ESA Research Permit #14210 and #18016 .  Do not reproduce without permission.



Please fill out the form below to share your sightings with the Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Photo-ID Project.

 We would also love for you to share your photos of belugas with us so that we compare to individual whales in our catalog. If we recognize the whale, we will share with you what we know of its history.  Just upload photos using the DropBox feature below and let us know how to credit the photos.

We report all dead and injured belugas to the Alaska  Marine Mammal Stranding Network, and share reports of all live beluga sighting with NMFS’s Marine Mammal Laboratory.

Here is a link to our instructions for photographing a  beluga whales to be compatible with the CIBW Photo-ID Project protocols. (Please remember do not touch the whale, it is against the law):

Use the Dropbox feature to submit photos to the CIBW Photo-Id Project.

The Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Photo-ID Project has been ongoing since 2005.  The goals of the Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Photo-id Project are to promote research and education that contribute to the recovery and conservation of beluga whales in Cook Inlet and to provide information to help manage human activities that might affect the belugas. Using boat and shore-based surveys of Upper and Middle Cook Inlet the photo-id project photographically tracks individual beluga whales identified by natural markings.  Over time, sighting histories are compiled for each known individual and researchers are able to learn more about the distribution, habitat use, social structure and reproduction of the Cook Inlet beluga whales.

The Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Photo-id Project was jointly established by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, LGL Alaska Research Associates, Inc., Chevron, ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc., the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  The Project has also received support from the North Pacific Research Board, the Department of Defense, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, National Marine Fisheries Service AK Region and Marine Mammal Lab, and the Kenai Peninsula Borough. Research is conducted under a scientific permit issued to the project Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-Principal Investigator (CI).


Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Photo-ID Project