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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 03:39 PM
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Hundreds Of Dead Walruses Spotted Along NW Alaska Coast By Wildlife Researchers
ANCHORAGE, Alaska Federal wildlife researchers report that up to 200 dead walruses were spotted from the air along the northwest coast of Alaska.

Researchers spotted 100 to 200 carcasses near Icy Cape, which juts into the Chukchi Sea about 140 miles southwest of Barrow.

For the second time in three years, thousands of walruses have congregated on the northwest coast as Arctic sea ice has receded beyond the shallow continental shelf, where the animals dive for clams and other food.

Why the walruses died is not known, but experts say young animals can be crushed in stampedes when the animals are startled.

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1. What has that great huntress, Sarah, done now?
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