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Inupiat whaling families in Kaktovik, Alaska, on Barter Island in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge can take up to three bowhead whales a season for subsistence. They carve the flesh and blubber (muktuk), as well as the baleen (a filter-feeder system inside the mouths), and distribute for communal use. Carcasses are hauled to a boneyard on the northeast shore of Barter Island, where polar bears that "summer" on the nearby barrier islands in the Beaufort Sea swim to enjoy the leftovers.