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To get a count on bowhead whales, North Slope scientists head out onto the sea ice

Jun 6, 2019

This spring, the North Slope Borough conducted a census — not of people, but of the western Arctic bowhead whale population.

Cutting through a 6-inch-thick layer of blubber demands a sharp knife.

What does warmer temperatures and changing ice mean for whalers?

May 13, 2019

On the North Slope of Alaska, the Iñupiat tradition of hunting bowhead whales has an ancestry more than 1,500 years old.

Today in Utqiaġvik there are two annual hunts when the whales pass by on their migration. The fall hunt has historically been done on open water, and the spring hunt from the ice that attaches to the coast each winter.