The Arctic Sounder wraps up the fall whaling season in North Slope communities:
After a relatively safe and successful fall whaling season most North Slope crews are nearly finished with whaling efforts, though some farther west communities will still go out. A total of 15 whales have been landed, and only one was lost after being struck.
A successful spring hunt in Barrow landed 14 bowhead whales and lost eight, which fulfilled their annual quota. Barrow crews still went out for fall whaling, however, after strikes were transferred to the larger community. ...
In the middle of this week Barrow crews were waiting for some choppy marine conditions to subside before heading out to pursue that last strike.