Wal­ruses miss­ing sea ice

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On both sides of the Bering Strait, sum­mer sea ice has once more dropped to a level that is driv­ing thou­sands of wal­ruses onto coastal beaches. New photos taken in Rus­sia show an es­ti­mated 5000 wal­ruses hauled out, while across the strait in the United States, thou­sands more are hauled out near the vil­lage of Point Lay, Alaska. In most years since 2007 when Arc­tic sea ice ex­tent plum­meted to a record low, wal­ruses have been forced ashore be­cause there has been no sea ice over their pre­ferred shal­low feed­ing ar­eas.

© Mak­sim Chak­ilev

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