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Researchers see 35,000 walruses on Alaska shore -- and no sea ice
Researchers see 35,000 walruses on Alaska shore -- and no sea ice

An estimated 35,000 walruses packed a stretch of Alaskan shoreline late last month, a phenomenon that's being chalked up to diminishing sea ice and alarmingly warm ocean temperatures. The animals were spotted near Point Lay, Alaska, on the shores of the Chukchi Sea during NOAA's annual aerial survey of Arctic marine mammals. The research flight that saw the walruses noted that no sea ice was evident in the area. Pacific walruses have been hauling out on land in Alaska in the last six to eight years as summer sea ice has retreated, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Walruses must regularly pull themselves onto ice or rocks to rest. Because of the lack of sea ice,...

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