Walruses Returning to Alaska’s Northern Coast

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Photo by Brendan Smith – US Geological Survey

Walruses are coming back to Alaska’s northern coast.

For only the second time in memory, a large number of walruses are coming to shore on Alaska’s Northern coast.  The Chukchi Sea ice has retreated far north beyond the productive waters of the continental shelf, where the animals prefer to forage.  Also the US Fish and Wildlife Service today formally accepted a petition to consider listing pacific walruses under the Endangered Species Act.

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage

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