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Thousands of walrus appear on Alaska’s northwest coast as Arctic sea ice melts

Posted by waterweek on 17 October 2007

Thousands of walrus have appeared on Alaska’s northwest coast in what conservation­ists were calling a dramatic conse­quence of global warming melting the Arctic sea ice, reported The Advertiser: (8/10/2007, p. 29) from Anchorage, Alaska.

In search of prey: Alaska’s walrus, especially breeding females, in summer and autumn were usually found on the Arctic ice pack. But the lowest summer ice cap on record had put sea ice far north of the outer continental shelf, the shallow, life-rich shelf of ocean bottom in the Bering and Chukchi seas. “It looks to me like animals are shifting their distribution to find prey,” said US Marine Mammal Commission executive director Tim Ragen.

The Advertiser, 8/10/2007, p. 29


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