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Walrus Haul-Outs Not New – Dr Susan Crockford

October 4, 2014
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By Paul Homewood 

 

Figure 1. Walrus herd at Pt. Lay Alaska on September 27, 2014. NOAA photo by Corey Arrardo.

Figure 1. Walrus herd at Pt. Lay Alaska on September 27, 2014. NOAA photo by Corey Arrardo.

It is worth looking at zoologist, Dr Susan Crockford’s take on the walrus haul-out, on her blog Polar Bear Science. Susan is an expert on Arctic animals:-

 

 

 

Mass haulouts of Pacific walrus and stampede deaths are not new, not due to low ice cover

 

Large haulouts of walruses — such as the one making news at Point Lay, Alaska on the Chukchi Sea (and which happened before back in 2009) — are not a new phenomenon for this region over the last 45 years and thus cannot be due to low sea ice levels. Nor are deaths by stampede within these herds (composed primarily of females and their young) unusual, as a brief search of the literature reveals.

 

Pt Lay map Google marked

 

The attempts by WWF and others to link this event to global warming is self-serving nonsense that has nothing to do with science.

 

UPDATE October 3, 2014, see below.

Figure 1. Walrus herd at Pt. Lay Alaska on September 27, 2014. NOAA photo by Corey Arrardo.

Figure 1. Walrus herd at Pt. Lay Alaska on September 27, 2014. NOAA photo by Corey Arrardo.

 

This may have been “one of the biggest onshore gatherings of the animals documented in Northwest Alaska“ that has been photographed but it is not the only time this has happened.

At least two documented incidents like this have occurred in the recent past: one in 1978, on St. Lawrence Island and the associated Punuk Islands and the other in 1972, on Wrangell Island (Fay and Kelly 1980, excerpts below).

These events included mass mortality associated with very large herds……………….

 

 

Here is how the WWF is spinning this recent gathering at Point Lay:

“We are witnessing a slow-motion catastrophe in the Arctic,” said Lou Leonard, WWF’s vice president for climate change.”

As you can see, this is blatant nonsense and those who support or encourage this interpretation are misinforming the public.

Walrus numbers are up considerably from the 1960s, although they are notoriously difficult to count (Garlich-Miller et al. 2011).

 

 

 Read the full article here.

One Comment
  1. Brian H permalink
    October 6, 2014 4:29 am

    Just another Warmist mis-attribution abomination. Nothing to see here.

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