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First Ever Pacific Walrus Coastal Haulout Database and Report Now Online
Walruses are large marine predators that must rest out of water on sea ice or the coast between feedings along the shallow arctic sea floor. When hauling out on the coast, they often gather in large numbers and use specific locations, termed haulouts, where they may be vulnerable to disturbance. The Pacific Walrus Coastal Haulout Database is based on generations of observations shared by Russians and Americans for over 160 years. This database can assist anyone planning activities in the Arctic to reduce the risk of mortality events from human-caused disturbance or pollution.
For more information see USGS news release: https://www.usgs.gov/news/more-160-years-walrus-haulout-observations-reported-russians-and-americans-published-database
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