ScrAPES Week 5
Fast melting Artic seas has caused 35,000 pacific walruses to go to the Alaskan shoreline. These walruses are in need of ice platforms for giving birth, raising their young, and avoiding predators that are in the water. They are essential for their survival. these ice platforms are beginning to melt, possibly, because of global warming. Without these ice platforms, the walruses need haul themselves up on to land for their survival. This has caused a large number of these walruses to appear on land and the problem with this is the mortality rate caused by large stampedes. These stampedes can be triggered by an aircraft or a predator such as grizzly bears and polar bears. They are concerned for the young walruses during these stampedes.
This shows the how majorly us humans effect the lives of the animals around us. First we cause problems with global warming with our constant emission of CO2, which resulted in the melting of the Artic seas. So the walruses had to find another place to have their babies. So they had to go up on land in order to survive. Then, when on land the young walruses were killed because of stampedes that were triggered by our aircrafts and other predators. If we could only reduce the air traffic over these areas maybe we could help these creatures that we have put in harms way.