I said this provided evidence that the September 2014 incident reported in the media was not “a new phenomenon” for this region, asWWF spokepersons and Alaskan biologists have claimed (reiterated in this PBS interview).
Figure 1. Walrus females and calves hauled out on a beach in Svalbard, photo accompanying an October 6, 2014 news report in “Eye on the Arctic” of the rapidly increasing Atlantic walrus population there. (Photo: Thomas Nilsen, Barents Observer).
One aspect of the recent occurrence of a large herd on an Alaskan beach that apparently needs reiterating is that the population of walruses declined rather markedly after a 1970s peak and has rebounded since. This…
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