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numerobis

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Walrus
« on: August 18, 2017, 03:57:30 AM »
One of the consequences of sea ice melt is walrus end up living on shore in the thousands. And that puts them at risk of polar bears and stampedes:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/walrus-haulout-arrives-early-1.4251277

This used to be a rare event; now it's becoming an annual event, and happening ever earlier.

Sebastian Jones

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Re: Walrus
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2017, 06:46:53 PM »
Re the walrus hauling out on land. Prior to a series of over enthusiastic slaughterings, walrus were common in the Gulf of St Lawrence, as far south as the Gulf of Maine, they were present in Iceland and Norway and Scotland. All of these populations had to contend with at least seasonally ice free conditions.
These were populations of Atlantic Walri (Walruses?) rather than Pacific, so that may make a difference. I'm not familiar with the historic range of the Pacific Walrus, although a friend recently harvested one in the Yukon River in Alaska.