Sunday, 5 October 2014

Record haul-out for Pacific walrus

1 October 2014 Last updated at 18:04


The animals usually rest on sea ice but will head to beaches if that platform is not available

Huge numbers of Pacific walrus have been coming ashore in northwest Alaska.

An estimated 35,000 animals were pictured at the weekend hauling themselves on to land north of Point Lay, about 500km southwest of Barrow.

The gathering was photographed as part of an annual survey undertaken by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Walrus will generally rest on floes of Arctic sea ice, but when that is not available will head to nearby beaches.

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