The arrow becomes embedded in the beluga, which quickly thrashes off; the bladder shows its location; another fisherman in a baidarka pursues it, grabs the cord, stabs the beluga several times and pushes the dead creature ashore .
Hunters in kayaks or baidarkas would then pursue the struck whale, subsequently killing it with a lance (Wrangell, 1970).
A baidarka is a kayak-type craft used by Aleut whale hunters and proven to be a superior design for withstanding the often harsh waters of the Aleutian Islands.
Baidarka is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Aleut Corporation, a regional Native corporation.
Formed in April of 1990, Baidarka is certified by the state of Alaska and the Anchorage municipality as a Small Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE).
Just recently Baidarka was awarded a contract with Alaska Airlines, in a joint venture with Alas-Co, to expand Alaska Airlines terminals in Wrangell and Petersburg.
Another strength Baidarka Corporation offers to potential clients is its position as the sole Alaska distributor for one of the leading commercial industrial building systems in the country, WedgCor.
Baidarka Corporation has been charged by its parent company with assisting in construction and development in the Aleut region and with helping to promote the long-term employment opportunities for Aleuts and other local residents.