- That brown semi-circle in the middle of this picture are thousands of Pacific walruses. This huge herd is located on a beach near Point Lay, Alaska.
- Scientists first spotted the Pacific wulruses on Sept. 13th – they estimated nearly 10,000 of the animals had congregated
- By Sept. 27th this group grew out to more than 35,000
- During the summer and early fall, walruses usually live on ice. That’s because floating rafts of sea ice are closer to the animals’ feeding grounds than is the land.
- Because the Arctics climate has been warming recently, it has resulted with less sea ice in the summer and fall.
- Without sea ice near their feeding grounds, these animals are forced to swim farther away to find food, and hang out by the beach to rest rather than on the ice – because there is none..
- Commuting for food takes energy. So the animals must eat more if they are to develop the large fat stores that will carry them through the harsh winter.