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Barbara Mahoney, National Marine Fisheries Service biologist, begins work to harvest samples from one of two dead beluga whales on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
Researchers begin collecting samples from a beluga whale on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track. Two dead beluga whales were found on the shoreline Monday evening and reported to authorities.
Erik Hill
Dylan Peterson of Alaska Veterinary Pathology Services helps cut up one of two dead beluga whales on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
Barbara Mahoney, National Marine Fisheries Service biologist, begins work to harvest samples from one of two dead beluga whales on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
Scientists collect samples from a beluga whale on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track. Two dead beluga whales were found on the shoreline Monday evening and reported to authorities. Blood from the whale spread down the beach before researchers arrived as avian scavengers had already begun working on the carcasses.
Erik Hill
Dylan Peterson of Alaska Veterinary Pathology Services, left, and Alaska Pacific University graduate student Coral Pasi work to harvest samples from one of two dead beluga whales on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
A beluga whale is secured against high tide about four hundred yards northwest of the another beluga whale on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
Scientists examine a beluga whale on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track. Two dead beluga whales were found on the shoreline Monday evening and reported to authorities.
Erik Hill
Barbara Mahoney, National Marine Fisheries Service biologist, left, harvests samples from one of two dead beluga whales on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
Dylan Peterson of Alaska Veterinary Pathology Services, left, and Alaska Pacific University graduate student Coral Pasi strip skin and blubber off the carcass of one of two dead beluga whales on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
Barbara Mahoney, National Marine Fisheries Service biologist, begins work to harvest samples from one of two dead beluga whales on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
Dylan Peterson of Alaska Veterinary Pathology Services, left, Alaska Pacific University graduate student Coral Pasi, center, and National Marine Fisheries Service biologist Barbara Mahoney strip skin and blubber off the carcass of one of two dead beluga whales on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
A beluga whale is secured against high tide about four hundred yards northwest of the another beluga whale on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
Alaska Pacific University graduate student Coral Pasi bags a sample of blubber from the carcass of one of two dead beluga whales on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
National Marine Fisheries Service biologist Barbara Mahoney, left, Dylan Peterson of Alaska Veterinary Pathology Services, center, and Alaska Pacific University graduate student Coral Pasi, right, strip skin and blubber off the carcass of one of two dead beluga whales on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track. The second Beluga whale is in the distance.
Erik Hill
Scientists take measurements as they examine a beluga whale on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track. Two dead beluga whales were found on the shoreline Monday evening and reported to authorities.
Erik Hill
Barbara Mahoney, National Marine Fisheries Service biologist, works to harvest samples from one of two dead beluga whales on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
A beluga whale is secured against high tide about four hundred yards northwest of the another beluga whale on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
Biologists Bill Streever and wife Lisanne Aerts found the two dead beluga whales Monday evening and alerted authorities. They were on hand to observe and assist on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.
Erik Hill
Kathy Collins of Friends of the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge pauses from hauling blubber to take a few photos of work being done on one of two dead beluga whales on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
Scientists examine a beluga whale on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track. Two dead beluga whales were found on the shoreline Monday evening and reported to authorities.
Erik Hill
Barbara Mahoney, National Marine Fisheries Service biologist, begins work to harvest samples from one of two dead beluga whales on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
Researchers begin collecting samples from a beluga whale on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track. Two dead beluga whales were found on the shoreline Monday evening and reported to authorities.
Erik Hill
Dylan Peterson of Alaska Veterinary Pathology Services helps cut up one of two dead beluga whales on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
Barbara Mahoney, National Marine Fisheries Service biologist, begins work to harvest samples from one of two dead beluga whales on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
Scientists collect samples from a beluga whale on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track. Two dead beluga whales were found on the shoreline Monday evening and reported to authorities. Blood from the whale spread down the beach before researchers arrived as avian scavengers had already begun working on the carcasses.
Erik Hill
Dylan Peterson of Alaska Veterinary Pathology Services, left, and Alaska Pacific University graduate student Coral Pasi work to harvest samples from one of two dead beluga whales on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
A beluga whale is secured against high tide about four hundred yards northwest of the another beluga whale on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
Scientists examine a beluga whale on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track. Two dead beluga whales were found on the shoreline Monday evening and reported to authorities.
Erik Hill
Barbara Mahoney, National Marine Fisheries Service biologist, left, harvests samples from one of two dead beluga whales on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
Dylan Peterson of Alaska Veterinary Pathology Services, left, and Alaska Pacific University graduate student Coral Pasi strip skin and blubber off the carcass of one of two dead beluga whales on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
Barbara Mahoney, National Marine Fisheries Service biologist, begins work to harvest samples from one of two dead beluga whales on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
Dylan Peterson of Alaska Veterinary Pathology Services, left, Alaska Pacific University graduate student Coral Pasi, center, and National Marine Fisheries Service biologist Barbara Mahoney strip skin and blubber off the carcass of one of two dead beluga whales on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
A beluga whale is secured against high tide about four hundred yards northwest of the another beluga whale on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
Alaska Pacific University graduate student Coral Pasi bags a sample of blubber from the carcass of one of two dead beluga whales on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
National Marine Fisheries Service biologist Barbara Mahoney, left, Dylan Peterson of Alaska Veterinary Pathology Services, center, and Alaska Pacific University graduate student Coral Pasi, right, strip skin and blubber off the carcass of one of two dead beluga whales on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track. The second Beluga whale is in the distance.
Erik Hill
Scientists take measurements as they examine a beluga whale on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track. Two dead beluga whales were found on the shoreline Monday evening and reported to authorities.
Erik Hill
Barbara Mahoney, National Marine Fisheries Service biologist, works to harvest samples from one of two dead beluga whales on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
A beluga whale is secured against high tide about four hundred yards northwest of the another beluga whale on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
Biologists Bill Streever and wife Lisanne Aerts found the two dead beluga whales Monday evening and alerted authorities. They were on hand to observe and assist on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.
Erik Hill
Kathy Collins of Friends of the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge pauses from hauling blubber to take a few photos of work being done on one of two dead beluga whales on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
Scientists examine a beluga whale on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track. Two dead beluga whales were found on the shoreline Monday evening and reported to authorities.
Erik Hill
Barbara Mahoney, National Marine Fisheries Service biologist, begins work to harvest samples from one of two dead beluga whales on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
Researchers begin collecting samples from a beluga whale on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track. Two dead beluga whales were found on the shoreline Monday evening and reported to authorities.
Erik Hill
Dylan Peterson of Alaska Veterinary Pathology Services helps cut up one of two dead beluga whales on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
Barbara Mahoney, National Marine Fisheries Service biologist, begins work to harvest samples from one of two dead beluga whales on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
Scientists collect samples from a beluga whale on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track. Two dead beluga whales were found on the shoreline Monday evening and reported to authorities. Blood from the whale spread down the beach before researchers arrived as avian scavengers had already begun working on the carcasses.
Erik Hill
Dylan Peterson of Alaska Veterinary Pathology Services, left, and Alaska Pacific University graduate student Coral Pasi work to harvest samples from one of two dead beluga whales on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
A beluga whale is secured against high tide about four hundred yards northwest of the another beluga whale on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
Scientists examine a beluga whale on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track. Two dead beluga whales were found on the shoreline Monday evening and reported to authorities.
Erik Hill
Barbara Mahoney, National Marine Fisheries Service biologist, left, harvests samples from one of two dead beluga whales on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
Dylan Peterson of Alaska Veterinary Pathology Services, left, and Alaska Pacific University graduate student Coral Pasi strip skin and blubber off the carcass of one of two dead beluga whales on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
Barbara Mahoney, National Marine Fisheries Service biologist, begins work to harvest samples from one of two dead beluga whales on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
Dylan Peterson of Alaska Veterinary Pathology Services, left, Alaska Pacific University graduate student Coral Pasi, center, and National Marine Fisheries Service biologist Barbara Mahoney strip skin and blubber off the carcass of one of two dead beluga whales on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
A beluga whale is secured against high tide about four hundred yards northwest of the another beluga whale on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
Alaska Pacific University graduate student Coral Pasi bags a sample of blubber from the carcass of one of two dead beluga whales on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
National Marine Fisheries Service biologist Barbara Mahoney, left, Dylan Peterson of Alaska Veterinary Pathology Services, center, and Alaska Pacific University graduate student Coral Pasi, right, strip skin and blubber off the carcass of one of two dead beluga whales on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track. The second Beluga whale is in the distance.
Erik Hill
Scientists take measurements as they examine a beluga whale on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track. Two dead beluga whales were found on the shoreline Monday evening and reported to authorities.
Erik Hill
Barbara Mahoney, National Marine Fisheries Service biologist, works to harvest samples from one of two dead beluga whales on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
A beluga whale is secured against high tide about four hundred yards northwest of the another beluga whale on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
Biologists Bill Streever and wife Lisanne Aerts found the two dead beluga whales Monday evening and alerted authorities. They were on hand to observe and assist on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.
Erik Hill
Kathy Collins of Friends of the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge pauses from hauling blubber to take a few photos of work being done on one of two dead beluga whales on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track.
Erik Hill
Scientists examine a beluga whale on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, below and northwest of the Kincaid Park motocross track. Two dead beluga whales were found on the shoreline Monday evening and reported to authorities.
Erik Hill
Alaska Dispatch