This walrus is very large!
Scientists have uncovered a beautiful colony of giant tusks in northern Russia – where their habitats are endangered, new footage shows.
More than 3,000 walruses were found ashore last month in Russia’s Yamal peninsula, where the former population of walrus has declined due to melting ice and oil drilling.
Scientists say that the halo of hippocampus at the beach – where marine organisms come to mate and exchange – is unusual because they often breed on islands or sea ice floes. , the scientists said.
Aleksander Sokolov, a senior Arctic researcher at the Russian Academy of Sciences, said: “This escape is unique because there are both female and male hippocampus, as well as calves of different ages.
This species was listed as “almost threatened”; in 2016 due largely to climate change and oil and gas drilling in the region.
But Andrei Boltunov, from the Center for Marine Mammal Research and Exploration, said the discovery could be a sign that their populations are recovering.
“We want to believe that is a positive sign,” he said.
The scientists took DNA samples from the hippocampus in the herd and attached some with satellite tags to track their movements.