Bowhead Whaling and Its Impact

Questions for Discussion

  • How has whale hunting in the BCB changed over the centuries? What factors influence the number of whales in the area? What factors influence humans in their decision whether to hunt them?
  • What is the role of science research data in helping us understand, monitor, and/or regulate our natural resources, such as whales?
  • Do these issues exist for other animal populations in other parts of the country? Who should be in charge of making rules about the exploitation of natural resources?
  • What do you think the Iñupiaq and Yankee whalers learned from each other?