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GOV­ERN­MENT CON­SER­VA­TION GROUP FINDS MORE THAN 60 SPECIES IN DAN­GER IN CANADA’S NORTH

The At­lantic walrus, the short­fin mako and the east­ern mi­gra­tory cari­bou were three of the species iden­ti­fied in the Com­mit­tee on the Sta­tus of En­dan­gered Wildlife in Canada’s most re­cent meet­ing. Of all Cana­dian re­gions, the North is in most peril from cli­mate change, and “the walrus is a most un­usual and dis­tinc­tive mam­mal of the north­ern seas,” COSEWIC mem­ber Hal White­head ex­plained. For more, visit cosewic.gc.ca.

Wal­ruses are sub­di­vided into three sub­species: the At­lantic walrus (O. r. ros­marus) which lives in the At­lantic Ocean, the Pa­cific walrus (O. r. di­ver­gens) which lives in the Pa­cific Ocean, and O. r. laptevi, which lives in the Laptev Sea of the Arc­tic Ocean.

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