Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Biologist-Examines-Whale-in-Alaska-27MZIFVPBCHI.htmlConceptually similarBiologist Examines Whale in AlaskaGP04CQWCompleted★★★★Subsistence Whaling in AlaskaGP04CR0Completed★★★★Subsistence Whaling in AlaskaGP04CRMCompleted★★★★Subsistence Whaling in AlaskaGP04CR5Completed★★★★Subsistence Whaling in AlaskaGP04CRKCompleted★★★★High Winds in AlaskaGP04B4RCompleted★★★★★★High Winds in AlaskaGP04B4TCompleted★★★★Subsistence Whaling in AlaskaGP04B4MCompleted★★★★Subsistence Whaling in AlaskaGP04CQFCompleted★★★★View AllGP04CRJBiologist Examines Whale in AlaskaWhale biologist Craig George gets a few minutes to measure the animal before well sharpened knives cut through the black skin and blubber of the whale caught by the Aiken crew during the Inupiat autumn whale hunt. "It is four years old which is perfect science wise," says Craig George. He has been studying the bowhead whale for forty years. 12 000 - 13 000 whales migrate past Barrow in Northern Alaska twice every year in spring and autumn. "This hunt is sustainable," says Craig George and continues; "For the moment we are confident the whale stock is increasing, but there are exceptional changes going on here in the north."Locations:Alaska-Arctic-Arctic Coastal Plain-Barrow (Alaska)-North America-United States of AmericaDate:8 Oct, 2011Credit:© Rose Sjölander / 70°Maximum size:5313px X 3542pxRestrictions:Ok for Greenpeace use and for approved external Greenpeace campaign related use. Contact the photographer directly or Greenpeace UK (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any other external licensing or sales.Keywords:Autumn-Community gatherings-Crowds-Day-Death-Food-Hunting (activity)-Inupiat-KWCI (GPI)-Local population-Outdoors-Research-Save the Arctic (campaign title)-Scientists-Snow-Whale meat-Whalers-WhalingShoot:70° North - Arctic Documentation70° North is a multimedia project documenting the impact of climate change and resources exploration in the Arctic.Shell's plans to drill offshore in the Alaskan Arctic in 2012 has divided the native communities who now stand at a crossroads between continued benefits from industry generated revenues and protecting the marine environment they have depended on for thousands of years. Shell's proposed offshore drill site is in the path of the bowhead whale's migration route. Many Inupiat hunters are concerned about Shell's lack of spill response capabilities if licenses are granted to drill offshore in the Arctic's Beaufort and Chukchi seasGreenpeace is campaigning for a global sanctuary to be declared around the uninhabited area of the North Pole to save the Arctic from attempts by oil companies to exploit the region’s resources for short term profit.