Yes, Beluga Whales were placed under the protection of the Endangered Species Act last year, after numbers of the whales declined to 375 from 653 in 1995. Earlier this month, it was reported that the numbers are still declining, which indicates the need for more protection.
The federal government placed the Beluga Whales in Alaska under the protection of the Endangered Species Act. Protective measures in place for the last decade have failed to ensure the survival of this species.
According the the IUCN Red List, Beluga whales are considered near threatened with a population of about 150,000
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