Defenders in Alaska

Additional Priorities

Protecting Walruses

Since 2010, there have been a number of incidents where a severe shortage of sea ice to live on have resulted in walruses crowding onto beaches—almost 20,000 at one point! Defenders is involved in a project where remote cameras have been installed at key haulout sites so we can better understand why the numbers are growing and why it’s leading to increased numbers of fatal stampedes.

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walrus, © Joel Garlich-Miller/USFWS
Fact Sheet
The walrus is a large marine mammal with flippers, a broad head, short muzzle, small eyes, tusks and whiskers. Scientists recognize two subspecies of walrus – the Atlantic walrus and the Pacific walrus.
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Habitat Conservation
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