Friday, December 14, 2007
Climate change blamed as thousands of walruses die in stampedes
The Seattle Times has a story about the impact that global warming is having on walruses. Thousands of animals are dying because walruses cannot swim indefinitely, and climb onto sea ice and beaches to rest. With less resting space available, many walruses are crowding into dwindling areas. When a hunter, plane, polar bear, or other danger appears, the rush to the water leaves many animals crushed in the stampede. Often the youngest and weakest animals, mostly calves born in the spring, are the most vulnerable.