9/15/2010 3:06:33 PM
Melting Sea Ice Drives Walruses Ashore
Polar bears are not the only species affected by a melting Arctic. Tens of thousands of walruses have crowded onto the coast near Point Lay, Alaska, driven ashore by melting sea ice. The herd is packed together shoulder-to-shoulder at a time when females and their young are typically resting on ice floes in the Chukchi Sea and diving from the ice to hunt clams and worms on the ocean floor.
The U.S. government is in the process of determining whether walruses should be given protection under the Endangered Species Act.