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Beluga Global Decline

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There are several factors contributing to the global decline in the Beluga whale populations including chemical and noise pollution, commercial fishing, increased predation, fossil fuel industry and habitat destruction and alteration leading to increased mortality due to stranding and disease. Human activities are known to disrupt aquatic habitats, but it reaches much further than that. Because the Beluga whale is at the top of the marine food chain, the well being of this species can be a key indicator of overall marine environment health. Reduction in beluga health and numbers has a vast effect on the Inuit populations that rely on them as a food
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