35,000 Walrus Come Ashore Alaska Coast


About 35,000 Pacific walrus came ashore last week on the remote northwest coast, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday, a September phenomenon tied to shrinking sea ice brought on by climate change.

Observers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Sept. 2 flew near Point Lay, Alaska, and photographed the animals. Walrus grouped shoulder to shoulder in vast herds are subject to stampedes if they are startled. They dive to feed on clams and other food on the ocean bottom but cannot swim indefinitely.

SOURCE: The Associated Press

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