In 2007 I was lucky enough to travel to the Svalbard Archipelago in the Norwegian Arctic where I took this photo. Back then even in summer I was able to see small groups of Walrus hauling out onto patches of flow ice.
Now, 7 years on, record numbers of Walrus are recorded as hauling out onto beaches where adults need to travel further to find food to feed their pups and pups are more likely to be killed in stampedes or isolated from their mothers.
A mass of thousands of walruses were spotted hauled up on land in northwest Alaska during NOAA aerial surveys earlier this week. An estimated 35,000 occupied a single beach – a record number illustrating a trend in an unnatural behavior scientists say is due to global warming.