Hundreds of whale watchers record 260 Beluga sightings Saturday

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) The numbers are in and so are the Belugas.

More than 1200 people participated in the Cook Inlet Belugas Count this weekend.

Verena Gill with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said a total of 260 Beluga sightings were recorded in or around Anchorage Saturday.

The station at Kincaid Park had the most whales, with 70, "many of whom were vocalizing giving the public a real treat," Gill wrote in an email to Channel 2 News Sunday.

Organizers said the event is to support the endangered population of Cook Inlet Beluga Whales and they'd like to see this become an annual celebration.

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