Walrus carcasses were found last week on a northwest Alaska beach near Point Lay.
The animals were discovered at the same location where 35,000 walrus were spotted on shore Sept. 2. But the cause of death of the animals at Point Lay has not been determined.
As by humans, walruses gathered in huge herds can stampede if approached by a polar bear, hunter or airplane.
During such events, young animals can be crushed in the rush to reach the safety of ocean water.
As explained by AP, ‘[…] The fate of the walrus has become a cause for concern as climate warming diminishes summer sea ice and the polar ice cap recedes beyond the shallow outer continental shelf over water too deep for walruses to reach clams and snails on the ocean floor. […]‘
The last two years, walruses have gathered in large numbers on a herd near Point Lay.