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Daily Archives: 21. August 2012 − News & Stories

Wal­rus popu­la­ti­on on the growth

Nor­we­gi­an Polar Insti­tu­te sci­en­tists have instal­led auto­ma­tic came­ras at 5 wal­rus colo­nies (Lågøya, Storøya, Kapp Lee, Andréet­an­gen, Havmerra/Tusenøyane). Preli­mi­na­ry results indi­ca­te an over­all popu­la­ti­on growth in recent years. A count from 2006 had resul­ted in rough­ly 3,000 wal­rus­ses in Spitsbergen’s waters.

Ano­t­her inte­res­ting preli­mi­na­ry result is the remar­kab­ly low sen­si­ti­vi­ty to dis­tur­ban­ce by polar bears or tou­rists. Inspi­te of nume­rous visits, no evi­dence has been found for wal­rus­ses being dis­tur­bed by tou­rists.

Wal­rus­ses on Edgeøya

Walrus population on the growth


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