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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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