According to the reports revealed late last month, approximately 35,000 walruses horded a stretch of seashore in Alaska, a fact that’s being highlighted to receding sea ice and frighteningly Warm Ocean temperatures.
Certainly, during the NOAA’s annual aerial survey of Arctic marine mammals, the walruses were spotted on the shoreline of the Chukchi Sea, nearby Point Lay, Alaska. According to the research flight, which saw the animals explained that no sea ice was obvious in that region.
Though, the reports of U.S. Geological survey revealed that, the Pacific walruses have been moving out on the seashore of Alaska from past 6 to 8 years, because sea ice has retreated.
In fact, walruses frequently drag themselves onto ice or rocks in order to relax. With the gradual decrease in sea ice due to rising temperatures these animals moving out on the seashore, especially female walruses and their calves, USGS stated.
USGS further stated that, in these on-shore move outs, juvenile walruses are more prone to be packed down. Also, all of these walruses are badly affected by having to use of nearby seashore feeding regions instead of moving out on ice among rich feeding lands.
As per the reports of National Snow & Ice Data Center on Sept 17th, the Arctic Sea Ice reached its minimum level for the year and it’s is believed to be the 6th lowest level in the history of satellite record and strengthens the long diminishing trend in Arctic Ice level, NSIDC stated.
Moreover, the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) stated that, no doubt this is the biggest walruses move out recorded in the entire history.
Lou Leonard (VC Climate Change) stated that, “Arctic ice melted up to frightening levels which badly affect the long-term health of walrus and polar bear populations along with the annual migration of wildlife in the region.”
Recently, NOAA has published a heat map depicting “a constant expansion of extremely warm water” in the Gulf of Alaska. The records declared that the North Pacific Ocean has not been this much warm.