35,000 Pacific Walruses Stranded on Alaska Beach
Dwindling sea ice has forced the largest walrus crowd seen so far onto Alaska’s northwest beaches. The unusually massive walrus gatherings were first spotted in September when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) conducted its annual arctic marine mammal aerial survey.
The Arctic Sea ice is critical to walruses. The ice serves as a floating platform, delivering walruses to rich feeding grounds and providing a place for them to rest between feeding, as well as a place to raise their young.
Sadly, dramatic temperature increases in the Arctic caused by climate change are melting the summer sea ice, decreasing it in size, and forcing walruses ashore in huge groups, especially females and their calves. Due to the overcrowded beaches of walruses now, there is less food to keep them thriving, and their survival rates diminish due to trampling and predation by bears.
As more ice dwindles, the Arctic will experience some of the most dramatic changes our generation has ever witnessed. This loss will impact the annual migration of wildlife through the region, threaten the long-term health of walrus and polar bear populations, and change the lives of those who rely on the Arctic ecosystem for their way of life.
This news is yet another reminder that we need to cut global greenhouse gas emissions—the main human factor driving massive climate change.
The Obama Administration is taking steps to reduce US pollution through the EPA Clean Power Plan and we need to make sure to see these changes through to fruition. World Wildlife Fund
Take action and help protect walruses, polar bears and all species—including us humans. Tell the President to answer the call for US leadership and a safer, clean energy future for America, and that you support the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.
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30,000 Pacific Walruses Stranded on Alaska Beach
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