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Freya the Walrus
Aug 15, 2022 12:11 AM CDT
Freya the Walrus Euthanized
Her wellbeing and human wellbeing were both determined to be in danger
The tragic ending authorities had warned of came to pass for Freya the walrus when she was euthanized early Sunday. The decision was made after authorities "concluded that we could not guarantee the wellbeing of the animal by any of the means available," said a Norway fisheries...
Freya the Walrus
Is Sinking Boats,
Jul 26, 2022 6:58 AM CDT
Freya the Walrus Is Sinking Boats, Winning Hearts
Just call it the 'Summer of Freya'
- Remember when the world couldn't get enough of April the giraffe ? There's a new female creature that's capturing hearts and minds—one who is a whole lot shorter and far more portly. It's the "Summer of Freya," declares Gizmodo , a reference to the...
In Ireland, a Sight
Never Before Seen
in case you missed it
Mar 20, 2021 9:35 AM CDT
In Ireland, a Sight Never Before Seen
Walrus turns up on the southwestern coast
- Ireland has recorded its first known sighting of a walrus, and it may be the result of a badly timed nap. A father and daughter spotted the creature over the weekend on the rocks off Valentia Island on the southwestern coast, reports the
. The Irish Whale and Dolphin...
Vikings' Collapse Had a
Lot to Do With Walruses
in case you missed it
Jan 11, 2020 2:30 PM CST
Vikings' Collapse Had a Lot to Do With Walruses
Decline in walrus ivory left Vikings with little to trade: researchers
- The Vikings' disappearance from Greenland in the 15th century came not in an epic battle but with a decline in the walrus ivory trade, according to researchers, who may have cracked "one of history's big mysteries," per
. Walrus ivory was a hot commodity in medieval Europe....
Russian Navy Boat Gets
Sunk by Angry Mammal
Sep 25, 2019 6:01 PM CDT
Russian Navy Boat Gets Sunk by Angry Mammal
Seems a walrus was protecting her cubs
- A Russian Navy vessel was apparently sunk last week by an ill-tempered walrus, CBS News reports. Researchers on an Arctic tugboat had boarded a rubber landing craft for shore when the marine mammal attacked. "During the landing at Cape Heller, a group of researchers had to flee from a...
Is Talking About a
Walrus Scene on Netflix
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Apr 14, 2019 5:00 PM CDT
Why Everyone Is Talking About a Walrus Scene on Netflix
It's found in the second episode of 'Our Planet'
clocks in at eight episodes, but it's a single scene from the newly released Netflix documentary series narrated by David Attenborough that's making waves. It's found in Episode two, "Frozen Worlds," and it involves hundreds of walruses falling to their deaths. The series...
Walruses Show Up Early
in Alaska as Ice Recedes
Aug 18, 2017 12:18 PM CDT
Walruses Show Up Early in Alaska as Ice Recedes
It's the earliest 'haulout' ever
- Sign of the times? Several hundred Pacific walruses began amassing on an island off Alaska’s northwest coast in the first week of August in what wildlife officials say is the earliest date yet for their annual "haulout." The culprit appears to be shrinking Arctic ice. Walruses tend...
CDC Advises Against
Eating Rare Walrus
Jul 7, 2017 4:54 PM CDT
CDC Advises Against Eating Rare Walrus
In case you were thinking about doing so
- Advice from the CDC: Cook your walrus well before eating it. The agency has issued an official warning that eating rare walrus can lead to trichinellosis, also known as trichinosis, the Consumerist reports. The warning may not mean much to most residents of the contiguous US, but it comes after...
Walrus 'Hug' Kills 2
at Wildlife Park
May 20, 2016 7:50 AM CDT
Walrus 'Hug' Kills 2 at Wildlife Park
Tourist fell from open walkway: reports
- A tourist and trainer have died after a walrus "hug" at a wildlife park in China. A male tourist from northern China was reportedly taking videos of a walrus from a narrow walkway at Xixiajou Wildlife Park in Shandong Province when he accidentally fell in the walrus pool. A...
25 Walruses Found
Dead on Beach
Sep 19, 2015 8:11 AM CDT
25 Walruses Found Dead on Beach
Some were missing heads and tusks in Alaska
- The US Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the deaths of 25 Pacific walruses found on an isolated northwest Alaska beach. A person connected to an Air Force radar station in the remote area spotted the animals and notified the agency this week. The animals included 12 pups, and some...
They Were Walrus Hunters
Jul 30, 2015 1:20 PM CDT
Greenland's Vikings Weren't Farmers, They Were Walrus Hunters
They apparently had a lucrative ivory trade going on: researchers
- For a long time, scientists wondered why Vikings settled in Greenland as farmers, since livestock doesn't thrive there and the growing season is truncated, notes
. But while speculation as to why they eventually abandoned the island territory range from climate change to soil erosion , researchers now think...
Planes Rerouted to
Oct 2, 2014 10:08 AM CDT
Planes Rerouted to Prevent Walrus Stampede
FAA warns media, gawkers to stay away, not spook beached animals
- Aircraft, media, and curious folks in general have been instructed to stay far away from the 35,000 walruses crammed onto an Alaskan beach to prevent the easily spooked animals from stampeding each other to death, the
reports. "When they lose their sea ice habitat and come ashore...
Why 35K Walruses
Oct 1, 2014 6:45 AM CDT
Why 35K Walruses Crowded Onto This Beach
There's no ice in the Chukchi Sea for them to rest on
- What a loss of sea ice looks like: an estimated 35,000 walruses, crowded on one stretch of Alaskan beach. Images taken on Saturday via plane as part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's annual marine animal survey capture just that. The enormous grouping of the mammals near...
10K Walruses Huddle
as Sea Ice Melts
Oct 3, 2013 6:35 PM CDT
10K Walruses Huddle as Sea Ice Melts
Arctic warming has taken away their natural home
- A sad sight in the Arctic: About 10,000 Pacific walruses have gathered on a remote island because their sea ice is melting away,
reports. Typically the giant mammals enjoy "hauling out" to rest or warm their bodies on floating ice, but Arctic warming has been eroding...
Moms Attack Skittles
for 'Bestiality' Ad
Sep 5, 2012 12:02 AM CDT
Moms Attack Skittles for 'Bestiality' Ad
That walrus is no boyfriend, squawks One Million Moms
- The morality brigade of One Million Moms has its tusks in a twist over a new Skittles ad. Now they're claiming the colorful candy company is promoting ... bestiality, reports Gawker . Maybe that's because a new ad features a young woman apparently kissing a walrus. "What are you...
Killing Alaskan Seals
Oct 14, 2011 3:33 AM CDT
Mystery Disease Killing Alaskan Seals
Ringed seal outbreak puzzles biologists
- A mysterious disease is killing seals along Alaska's Arctic coast, and officials fear it might spread to other countries—and other species. Scores of dead or severely weakened ringed seals with telltale skin lesions and hair loss have been found along the coastline over the last few months, Reuters...
Guilty to Trafficking
in Walrus Ivory
Jul 16, 2011 1:33 PM CDT
Alaskans Plead Guilty to Trafficking in Walrus Ivory
They traded with native Eskimos, say authorities
- Huge quantities of walrus tusks and a pair of polar bear hides were among the illegal goods sold by two Alaskans who have pleaded guilty to violating federal marine mammal laws. A third person is expected to plead guilty next week. Authorities say two of the three spent years traveling...
on Fed Protection
Feb 10, 2011 2:19 AM CST
Walruses Short-Changed on Fed Protection
Endangered tuskers 'low on the totem pole'
- The Interior Department has decided that walruses are endangered enough to warrant protection—but it's not going to give it to them. The threat to the Pacific walrus from global warming reducing Arctic sea ice is very real, officials say, but limited government resources mean protection will have to wait...
Melting Ice Forces
Sep 14, 2010 6:15 AM CDT
Melting Ice Forces Thousands of Walruses Ashore
Calves at risk of being trampled as animals squeeze onto Alaska coast
- Tens of thousands of walruses have squeezed onto small patches of Alaska's shore because of melting ice floes. Scientists say the loss of sea ice has forced the lumbering creatures into a mass migration to land. The huge number of walruses foraging in a small area makes cubs extremely vulnerable...
Fossil of 'Missing Link' Walking Seal Found
Apr 23, 2009 3:03 AM CDT
Fossil of 'Missing Link' Walking Seal Found
Arctic creature's existence was predicted by Charles Darwin
- The fossil of a semi-aquatic creature unearthed in northern Canada may hold the key to how seals and walruses evolved, the BBC reports. The carnivore—which resembles a cross between an otter and a seal—had feet that were webbed but weren't flippers. Scientists believe the animals walked on land...
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