The population of walruses stretches "for one mile or more. This is just packed shoulder-to-shoulder," U.S. Geological Survey biologist Anthony Fischbach said in a telephone interview from Alaska. He estimated their number at tens of thousands.
Walruses have shoulders? If your name is Fishback, does destiny require you become a marine biologist? Anyway, check your local park, because walruses might be moving in soon. It's beyond me how anyone can contest the concept of global warming. All you have to do is check the polar regions.
During normal summers, the males go off to play in the Bering Sea, while the females raise their young in the Chukchi. The females rest on sea ice and dive from it to the sea floor for clams and worms.
"When they no longer have a place to rest, they need to go some place and it's a long commute," Fischbach said. "This is directly related to the lack of sea ice."
Loss of sea ice in the Chukchi this summer has surprised scientists because last winter lots of old established sea ice floated into the region, said Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado. But that has disappeared. Although last year was a slight improvement over previous years, Serreze says there's been a long-term decline that he blames on global warming.
"We'll likely see more summers like this," he said. "There is no sign of Arctic recovery."
Hey, what's a few displaced walruses as long as we can have industrial development, carbon monoxide and our wasteful lifestyle? Go ahead and dispute global warming if you want, but it's hard to dispute melting ice and displaced animals. Why is it that some people can't understand that?