Climate Craziness of the Week – 'Mass gathering of 35,000 walruses is latest sign of global warming'

Because -there’s no other possible explanation- global warming must be to blame.

mass_walrusEric Worrall writes: In a sign that the climate alarmist camp has not only jumped the shark, but danced an intricate ballet while taking the leap, we now have the latest sign of the end times – global warming is being blamed for a gathering of walrus.

Apparently an estimated 35,000 walrus have gathered on Alaskan beaches, allegedly because they can’t find enough ice.

In the unenlightened old days, the appearance of 35,000 walrus would have been a cause for optimism, evidence that the species was doing well. But in this age of post normal science, such an event has to be interpreted as a portent of global warming – and so, by definition, it must be spooky and bad.

According to the WWF;

“The walruses are telling us what the polar bears have told us and what many indigenous people have told us in the high Arctic, and that is that the Arctic environment is changing extremely rapidly and it is time for the rest of the world to take notice and also to take action to address the root causes of climate change.”

If only we all had the ability to listen to the Walrus, like the WWF – the world would be a very different place.


Climate Depot has a big special report on this nonsense:

Media hyped walrus climate scare stories debunked – Claims recycled year-after-year – A Climate Depot Rebuttal


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October 1, 2014 12:31 pm

Walrus Whispering………….Shhhhhhhhhh, quiet, listen to what they are telling the world!!!!!!
What did they say?……give us your money!

Reply to  Glen
October 1, 2014 1:54 pm

Shhhhh! Be Vewy Quiet! I’m hunting Wawuses!

Reply to  Glen
October 1, 2014 9:25 pm

Why is the font so damn big now? Must be global warming.

Bryan A
Reply to  Glen
October 2, 2014 2:25 pm

Simple solution, build a series of Walrus Hunting Platforms that are anchored to the Shallows. After the Ice receeds in spring, an manned observation platform could then raise them to the Water surface Level allowing for the Wallies to hunt in the summer. Then in the winter, when the ice appears, the platforms could be lowered to a point below any ship’s draw for the winter season.

October 1, 2014 12:33 pm

Those walruses were simply celebrating the 18th year of the “pause”.

Reply to  JohnWho
October 1, 2014 1:35 pm

Koo Koo Katchoo 🙂

Pat Kelly
Reply to  TRM
October 1, 2014 1:56 pm

By far my favorite comment. It has the appropriate amount of seriousness for this subject.

Chuck Nolan
Reply to  TRM
October 1, 2014 2:02 pm

I think I saw Paul.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  TRM
October 1, 2014 8:34 pm

I thought it was goo goo ga joob.

Leo G
Reply to  JohnWho
October 1, 2014 11:19 pm

A Walrus hiatus, you think? And why not, when almost any beach can be Wallyworld.

October 1, 2014 12:35 pm

Question. Or questions. Where have these walruses been up to the point they descended on this Alaskan beach? The ice has been thinning all summer (which, I am led to understand is somethign that ice does during the summer). So why haven’t the walruses been showing up gradually over the course of the season.
Also, it says “This summer, the sea ice’s annual low point was the sixth smallest since satellite monitoring began in 1979.” That means there were five summer’s with even less ice over the past 35 years. Where were the walruses during those summers?
Non-government-funded minds want to know.

Robert W Turner
Reply to  Frank Lee MeiDere
October 1, 2014 12:47 pm

I believe this report, or something like it such as a polar bear story, pops up at the end of every September they can’t report that the Arctic ice is at its lowest point evuh.

Reply to  Frank Lee MeiDere
October 1, 2014 2:10 pm

I suspect that walrus prefer the beach to ice. Who wouldn’t?. Through the years I have seen several photographs of walrus sunning themselves onshore but never any photos of them on ice. The post is simply more alarmist invention.

Reply to  mpainter
October 1, 2014 3:52 pm

And stampedes on the beach can be caused by a hungry polar bear, researcher’s helicopters who then claim global warming killed the pups.

Reply to  mpainter
October 1, 2014 5:40 pm

It could be that it is colder then usual and they’re grouping together for warmth

Cream Bourbon
Reply to  Frank Lee MeiDere
October 2, 2014 1:03 pm

Where were the walruses during those summers?
This might give some details:

Reply to  Cream Bourbon
October 3, 2014 3:44 am

Congrats. You can copy and paste a bs article with absolutely no facts to back up their claims besides he said she said bullshit. This has happened more then twice. This is a natural occurance. Keep drinking the kool aid idiot.

Cream Bourbon
Reply to  Cream Bourbon
October 3, 2014 7:16 am

Congratulations back to you justin for the speed of your name calling. Yes, I know nothing about the habits of walruses but at least I have the sense to appreciate that and read around the subject a bit before making pronouncements on what I do not know. You may notice I said the article may provide some of the missing details the other poster was asking for. It does provide some dates of walrus landings.
So, here is another article that you will probably dismiss without reading because it does not fit your bias. It says “Until 2007, it was unheard of for walruses to leave the sea ice for dry land for prolonged periods of time. But the retreat of sea ice has seen “drastic changes” in behaviour, Jay said. Walruses have struck out for beaches in six of the last eight years. “
I have no idea if that is true or not and I would need to research further. But I am capable of reading an article without dismissing it out of hand.

Cream Bourbon
Reply to  Cream Bourbon
October 3, 2014 7:56 am

Both sides were guilty of simplification.
Or a better article than that last one, if you can haul that scepticism into gear and actually read it critically:
Some nice pictures:
An interesting supposition:
“It’s always the boys. Before 2006 I am not aware of any mass haul outs that included females on land,” she said.

Reply to  Cream Bourbon
October 3, 2014 7:15 pm

It seems I did overlook a 2007 event which took place on a remote Russian beach in the Western Chukchi Sea, at some vague time noted as “late summer and fall.” I have updated my post accordingly, without erasing the original. I made a mistake and I corrected it.
However, in 2012 the sea ice was even lower – where did all the walruses go then? Accounts differ – WWF said on 5 October
“We and others expected large numbers of walruses to haul out in the area of Point Lay, Alaska, where they have hauled out in recent years. But most of the walruses instead opted to continue swimming far to the West, to haul out in the vicinity of Russia’s Cape Serdtse-Kamen where other walruses already were hauled out….Though we cannot yet confirm that large numbers of walruses are hauled out at the remote cape, that certainly was the case last year.”
[my bold, and note there is no mention of how many walruses WWF meant by “large numbers”]
USGS officials, however, reportedly said the animals were offshore (Nov. 14):
“Despite record low ice this year, remnant ice floating off Alaska’s northwest allowed walrus to stay offshore.”
This BIGSTORY report did not say anything about haulouts in Russia or how many stayed on the remnant ice. As a result, both accounts are too vague to be of any use in assessing why tens of thousands of walrus sometimes huddle together in one place – and not always the same place.
The point is, it is not entirely clear what causes walrus females with calves to come together in such enormous numbers that the calves are at risk of trampling.
Lack of ice is a convenient excuse for recent events but it certainly was NOT the case for the incidents I mentioned from 1978 and 1972. Those are valid documented incidents of mass gatherings of females with calves that were reported in the scientific literature, at times and places when lack of ice was not a factor and when many trampling deaths occurred.
In 1978, the animals LEFT the ice near Point Lay to travel through open water to the haulouts on and around St. Lawrence Island; in 1972, there was ice around the Wrangel Island beach the walruses chose to haul out on.
Low ice coverage was not a factor in the late 70s, so it had to be something else. What? Perhaps a combination of factors, we simply don’t know yet.
But blaming the phenomenon entirely on global warming when the evidence clearly indicates that lack of sea ice in the Chukchi Sea cannot be the primary factor is not going to get anyone closer to the correct answer.
See also this post at Bishop Hill and its update:
Susan Crockford, PolarBearScience

Cream Bourbon
Reply to  Cream Bourbon
October 4, 2014 6:42 am

What? Perhaps a combination of factors, we simply don’t know yet.
Thanks for the reply Susan Crockford.

The Ghost Of Big Jim Cooley
October 1, 2014 12:35 pm

Personally, it’s the human race I fear for, and I’m serious. Rather than getting more intelligent, we’re holding on to the superstitions of yesteryear, and adding a higher level of stupidity that just beggars belief. I seriously fear for our future.

Reply to  The Ghost Of Big Jim Cooley
October 1, 2014 12:49 pm

“I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time — when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness…
The dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance” Carl Sagan ….

Reply to  Randy
October 1, 2014 2:08 pm

Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
For those who want the reference.

Owen in GA
Reply to  Randy
October 2, 2014 5:45 am

Gee, wasn’t there a movie about that – “Idiocracy” I think it was called. Sounds prophetic sometimes when I listen to some politicians.

Reply to  Randy
October 2, 2014 9:29 am

Funny but sad how Sagan identified the obvious problems in education, but couldn’t (or wouldn’t) identify his own employers, co-employees, peers & political allies as right at the heart & cause of the problem.

Reply to  The Ghost Of Big Jim Cooley
October 1, 2014 1:38 pm

“The planet’s fine. The people are f@#$ed. Difference!” – George Carlin (my generations comic philosopher extraordinaire!)

Reply to  TRM
October 1, 2014 2:32 pm

Yep. Professional comedians make the best philosophers…. and historians, and sociologists, and political scientists, and psychologists, and (fill in the blank). Just take a look at the many, many, many times over millionaire Jon Stewart.

more soylent green!
Reply to  The Ghost Of Big Jim Cooley
October 1, 2014 1:42 pm

I believe the interweb is making us all more stupider and stupider.

Reply to  more soylent green!
October 1, 2014 5:02 pm

This trend has been happening long before the internet, as the Carl Sagan quote shows.
The internet liberated and gives us a chance.

October 1, 2014 12:39 pm

A walrus orgy!!!!

October 1, 2014 12:39 pm

If you’re interested, I’ve pulled together some details on two past incidents of mass haulouts, from 1972 and 1978 in the same general region (with quotes, maps, and references).
Susan Crockford, PolarBearScience

Reply to  polarbearscience
October 1, 2014 3:28 pm

Thank you for the additional info Susan.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
October 4, 2014 10:04 am

OCT. 4: Note that I’ve done a bit more research (couldn’t resist, it’s an interesting puzzle) and have done another post regarding the size of the walrus population:
See what you think.
Susan Crockford, PolarBearScience

Joe Prins
Reply to  polarbearscience
October 1, 2014 3:57 pm

Thank you, Susan.
Wonder why all these “bright” folks coul not do the research themselves? How blatant can they be with the scaremongering and request for funds. Good Grief!

Mark Bofill
Reply to  polarbearscience
October 1, 2014 4:04 pm

Thanks so much Susan. I’m out arguing this with people on a news thread right now actually.

Rud Istvan
Reply to  polarbearscience
October 1, 2014 4:05 pm

Susan, many thanks. You get more than one shout out in the forthcoming book of essays.

Reply to  polarbearscience
October 1, 2014 11:32 pm

Susan, apparently the “big deal” is about the location, Point Lay, lack of sea ice, and the large number of females involved. As if it’s unprecedented and it’s because of AGW. Are there any studies other than the one already shown, about the area in question and past ie pre 1950 low sea ice levels?

Reply to  wlf15y
October 2, 2014 8:00 am

Oct. 2: NOTE I’ve just posted a follow-up, with Chukchi/Bering Sea ice maps from 1978 and 1972, that I’d forgotten are now available:
Susan Crockford, PolarBearScience

Reply to  polarbearscience
October 2, 2014 12:52 am

Thanks Susan. If WUWT, like some newspapers, allowed readers to award ‘likes’ and then view comments in ‘most liked’ order, I would expect to see yours at the top.

Reply to  polarbearscience
October 3, 2014 2:58 am

Thanks Susan. I added your website to my favorites list. Your condemnation of the WWF is proper and well said. No time to look it up right now, so a question: Do walruses give birth on land, sea or ice? I have a niggling remembrance that they birth on land.

Reply to  aGrimm
October 3, 2014 2:07 pm

Walruses give birth on the ice, in spring.

Robert W Turner
October 1, 2014 12:43 pm

Just imagine if their numbers hadn’t been reduced by 50% since 1970! We’d be up to our armpits in Walruses. We’d probably have a Walnado or perhaps even a Walricane hitting Nome any day now.

Reply to  Robert W Turner
October 1, 2014 8:51 pm

Robert, thanks for the bellie laugh.

Reply to  Robert W Turner
October 2, 2014 5:05 am

Walnado… +1

George A
October 1, 2014 12:44 pm

The article wrings it hands about 50 of them dying. Given their lifespan of about 25 years, in a population of 35,000 one would expect 25 to die every week.

Reply to  George A
October 1, 2014 2:14 pm

That’s way too much science for global warming alarmists.

Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
Reply to  George A
October 2, 2014 9:01 am

I think that’s about the same mortality rate as the various OccupyWallStreet protests several years back.

dry in california
Reply to  George A
October 2, 2014 3:13 pm

OMG, but if we could only save just one… it would be worth it…

October 1, 2014 12:44 pm
D.J. Hawkins
Reply to  Ric Werme
October 1, 2014 4:20 pm

They’re Chicago walruses. They can die as often as they’re needed to.

Reply to  D.J. Hawkins
October 1, 2014 9:20 pm

And vote after every death … As many times as needed.

October 1, 2014 12:48 pm
Mark from the Midwest
October 1, 2014 12:48 pm

College students from the Midwest gather on beaches in Florida during Spring Break; attributed to global warming, since there can be no other logical explanation for the behavior of college students from the Midwest

Mumbles McGuirck
Reply to  Mark from the Midwest
October 1, 2014 1:30 pm

And how many of them die each year by drunkenly falling off hotel balconies? That’s due to global warming causing their beer to be warmer and thus more effective. /sarc

October 1, 2014 12:48 pm

Never heard of family reunion …?

October 1, 2014 12:49 pm

I expect they’re avoiding killer whales.

Reply to  Sleepalot
October 1, 2014 4:13 pm

Maybe. Here is the Pacific Walrus under attack.

Abstract – 04 Dec 2012
Killer whales (Orcinus orca) hunting for walruses (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) near Retkyn Spit, Chukotka
Group hunting by killer whales for walruses was observed in August 18, 2008, in the littoral area (3 km from the haulout of walruses, Retkyn Spit, Chukotka). The group of killer whales consisted of seven adults (one adult male did not participate in attacks) and two calves. Based on prey type, these killer whales were mammal-eating. The total duration of their hunt activity was not less than 95 min. The hunt consisted of three phases. The first phase was an attack on the group of walruses and choice of individual prey; the second phase was attacks on the chosen walrus; and the third (final) phase was a decrease in activity of killer whales and leaving group with walrus from sea shore…….

Occam’s razor?

Ralph Kramden
October 1, 2014 12:51 pm

Quoting Dr. Susan Crockford at Climate Depot, “this is blatant nonsense and those who support or encourage this interpretation are misinforming the public“. So what’s new? This is what the alarmists always do.

Rud Istvan
Reply to  Ralph Kramden
October 1, 2014 4:11 pm

Yes. So what are (we) you going to do about it other than vent here?
That is a serious question. Anthony contributes this blog. Susan does hers. I wrote an ebook.
What will you and yours do? That is a mild challenge–just do something beyond here.

Reply to  Ralph Kramden
October 2, 2014 11:39 am


October 1, 2014 12:52 pm

Were they carrying Occupy Wall Street placards? If not, how do we know that they were there because of global warming?

October 1, 2014 12:53 pm
October 1, 2014 12:56 pm

To my knowledge, there is NEVER any sea ice in the Chukchi Sea around Point Lay this time of year.

October 1, 2014 12:59 pm

For a start there is not “35,000” walruses in that photo. I did a quick estimate based on the number of walruses I counted on the left of the “haulout” there is only an estimated 2500 to 3000 walruses maximum.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Sparks
October 1, 2014 1:25 pm

You must have missed the ones that are hiding with the missing heat.

Reply to  Gunga Din
October 1, 2014 1:38 pm

Ha! There is another photo and there are substantially more walruses in it, between 10,000 to 12,000 maximum but this is still well below the 35,000 walruses quoted in the media.

Reply to  Sparks
October 1, 2014 2:16 pm

The same folks did the guesswork that estimated the number of marchers at last month’s NYC climate rally…

Reply to  dbstealey
October 1, 2014 3:01 pm

Now that is actually believable… good one 😉

Reply to  Sparks
October 1, 2014 10:04 pm

Baloney, that is a huge huge count of walruses. No made-up numbers here please…

Reply to  Michael Moon
October 2, 2014 4:07 am

Love the sarcasm… I challenge you to manually count each walrus in both images to show which estimate is closer to reality.

Tom G(ologist)
October 1, 2014 1:02 pm

This calls to mind an old Peanuts comic strip (sorry Josh) in which Violet tells Linus that he is “Just plain stupid crazy”. That he “Acts like someone who has just fallen out of a tree” and that he is “Stark Raving Stupid.” I have the strip still and it is a priceless bit of simplistic abuse which applies perfectly to this bit of sophomoric nonsense.

October 1, 2014 1:04 pm

The rest of the year (late summer and fall), walruses tend to form massive aggregations of tens of thousands of individuals on rocky beaches or outcrops.

Walt Allensworth
October 1, 2014 1:06 pm

We can’t think of anything else, so it must be climate disruption!
(is /sarc tag really necessary?)

Reply to  Walt Allensworth
October 1, 2014 4:16 pm

no the /sarc tag is never necessary

October 1, 2014 1:11 pm

How Walruses Work
Each summer, nine million pounds of walrus flesh packs the beaches of Round Island, off the southwest coast of Alaska in the Bering Sea. Scientists aren’t exactly sure why, but for a few months each summer, about 12,000 male Pacific walruses congregate on the two mile (3.2 km) long island. From the base of the cliffs to the bubbly surf, all you can see is walrus.

Reply to  Latitude
October 1, 2014 1:37 pm

There must be a cow in there somewhere.

Reply to  pochas
October 1, 2014 1:58 pm

And Waldo.

Reply to  Latitude
October 1, 2014 2:18 pm

O to be a walrus dentist!

Richard G
Reply to  Latitude
October 1, 2014 2:28 pm

They must get tired of the chill in the Arctic and take a summer break on the relative warmth of the Alaskan beaches.

Reply to  Richard G
October 1, 2014 7:28 pm

Try sitting on ice for half an hour; then sand. Which is more comfortable? 🙂

Reply to  Latitude
October 1, 2014 4:52 pm

There’s only one explanation…KEGGER!!!

Reply to  Latitude
October 1, 2014 5:39 pm

Doggy bag, Doggy bag needed in back

Gary Hladik
Reply to  Latitude
October 2, 2014 8:00 pm

With all those walruses on the beach, it’s a wonder the island doesn’t tip over! 🙂

October 1, 2014 1:15 pm

That old Beatles’ song, I Am the Walrus, keeps running through my head since I read the above article. John Lennon wrote the song on purpose to be completely nonsensical, as an answer to some of the nonsensical lyrics Bob Dylan was getting away with at the time. I do believe that nonsense is the key to this latest climate alarmism fiasco – as a sidenote, apparently Lennon was high on LSD when he wrote the lyrics, as least, that is what he claimed.

Gunga Din
Reply to  JimS
October 1, 2014 1:23 pm

So they are all named Paul?

Reply to  Gunga Din
October 1, 2014 1:27 pm

Must be confusing. Some of them should go by “Bruce.”

Reply to  Gunga Din
October 1, 2014 5:32 pm

Some would be name Eric, after Mr. Burdon of the Animals. He was the “Eggman” in the song – a nickname he received for doing censored kinda things.

Reply to  JimS
October 1, 2014 1:26 pm

But isn’t that answer exactly the “Catch 22” of Climate Change (er, New Age Liberal Wisdom and Intelligence) and Eco-Terrorism-by-Dictate?
If Lennon were on LSD when he wrote the song “The Walrus”, then he was out of his mind and didn’t know what he was writing or why he was writing, and thus the song cannot mean anything and is silly because the seond guy was obviously right and was doing crazy things. If he wrote the song to criticize another singer and his mindlessness and crazy ideas, then the first guy couldn’t have been out of his mind when he wrote it, so the second guy actually was crazy and out of his mind.

Reply to  RACookPE1978
October 1, 2014 5:33 pm

As you might know, one can be quite lucid under the influence of LSD.

Reply to  RACookPE1978
October 2, 2014 6:26 am

Actually, he had heard that some liberal arts college had a course on psychoanalysing the lyrics of every beatles song. That pissed him off so much, he wrote that nonsensical song to piss them off in return.

October 1, 2014 1:20 pm

Alarmists grasping at straws
I am reminded of a Supertramp song
” If everyone was listening you know, There would be a chance that we could save the show”

Reply to  Jungle
October 1, 2014 2:24 pm

Watch what you say, or they’ll be calling you a radical. A liberal Fanatical, criminal.

Phil Ford
October 1, 2014 1:27 pm

“…the climate alarmist camp has not only jumped the shark, but danced an intricate ballet while taking the leap…”
That’s a nice turn of phrase and sums them up better than I ever could!

October 1, 2014 1:35 pm

In Norway, the communist national broadcast, NRK,s webpage – say 35 000 animals are stranded in lack of ice. I cannot even begin to explain how ridiculous that is for ANY explanation. Strongly reminds me of the swedish minister claiming the penguins caught on a floating ice sheet in the Antarctic – far from the shore, had to be rescued. WWF, of course, jumped right on board and immediately drew a parallel to the polar bears – apparently they are now (again) in a lot of trouble. NRK and WWF seem to think norwegians don’t know english and are complete morons. And, as always when it comes to climate-articles, no comments allowed.
Links in Norwegian.

Lance Wallace
October 1, 2014 1:37 pm

Apparently hard to come by good estimates of population numbers, and even harder to estimate trends, according to NOAA:
NOAA says they gave up aerial surveys following a workshop in 2000. Their latest publication is in 2010, with an estimate of the number of Pacific walrus only (Atlantic walrus are out of NOAA’s jurisdiction) of 129,000, but with a confidence range of 55,000-507,000. They state the estimate (from a survey in 2006) is biased low due to bad weather preventing flyovers of some areas known to harbor walrus. Historical estimates, based on hunting harvests, are around 200,000, but probably with even wider error bands.

Reply to  Lance Wallace
October 1, 2014 2:05 pm

If the temperature had a range of confidence like that you would either drop dead of heat exhaustion the moment you stepped outside or your nuts would fall off with the cold.

October 1, 2014 1:42 pm

Just saw the same thing on CNN where they blamed this together with the dry up of the Aral Sea on global warming.
Mass gathering of walruses is a normal behavior which was also observed by Vitus Bering himself nearly 300 years ago. Nothing abnormal with that.

Reply to  Per Strandberg (@LittleIceAge)
October 3, 2014 3:49 am

The Aral Sea is drying up because the rivers that feed it were dammed. No other reason.

October 1, 2014 1:53 pm

Now we know what they can replace 2°C with.

george e. smith
October 1, 2014 1:57 pm

Please post your all time favorite photograph of walruses; masses of them, or one, actually pulled out on some ice rather than on some rocky shore. No rocks please, just ice !

October 1, 2014 2:01 pm

I´m preparing a “Save the Penguins from Climate Warming” campaign for next year, so this walrus gathering will really help the fund raising effort. Contributions can be made using the same address you used for my Drowning Islands campaign (which by the way was highly successful, we are now helping the Funafuti natives adapt to higher sea level).

October 1, 2014 2:02 pm

I’ve always liked this walrus birthday pic:

October 1, 2014 2:07 pm
Chuck Nolan
October 1, 2014 2:10 pm

mass mortality events
Maybe it’s how they cull the herd.

October 1, 2014 2:13 pm

What’s the matter with you guys? Can’t you recognize the Walrus Consensus?

October 1, 2014 2:16 pm

I watched hours and hours of wildlife shows in my youth (that means many years ago), and clearly remember many documentaries that showed thousands of walruses on rocky and sandy shores. They were seldom pictured on ice. They looked perfectly happy to be there on the rocks, except the females and small guys that were crushed by the bulls. There is nothing new going on up there that is abnormal.
Q. Aren’t the alarmists the least bit concerned that they will be found to be fools and charlatans if they continue to portray everything, even non-issues, as a deleterious result of global warming?
A. Not as long as the low information eco-fanatic continues to believe them.

October 1, 2014 2:32 pm

Hopefully they’re gathering to plan a good ol fashioned alarmist ass kicking.

October 1, 2014 2:42 pm

Quoting Lewis Carroll (1871)
“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot–
And whether pigs have wings.”
Some kind of prophet ?

Reply to  Martin Clark
October 2, 2014 10:25 am

Plainly the flying pig – Porcus icarus? – will fly further, and faster, with all this CO2 flooding the atmosphere (up to about four parts in ten thousand now, I gather).
This hugely enhanced ability may keep it above the rising levels of alarmist emanations (excretio taurii confusit cerebellii might in fact apply here).
Apologies for the dog-Latin: I’m entirely, and badly, self-taught.
Mod – /sarc, I believe.

Joe P.
October 1, 2014 2:44 pm

Idiotic “news” and blame, no wonder population is hoodwinked on global warming, another species to save.
Walrus population now about double 1950s. Beach photo estimate at 35,000 is like NYC Climate March crowd over-estimates and far less, but does not matter.
Statement,” ‘It’s another remarkable sign of the dramatic environmental conditions changing as the result of sea ice loss.’…This summer, the sea ice’s annual low point was the sixth smallest since satellite monitoring began in 1979.” is nonsense for walrus.
Most of walrus habitat is Bering Strait and Chukcki Sea
It is normal to have 100% summer sea ice melt in that area of Arctic in summer, 70 F days in summer normal with all light, sometimes in 80s, so thesis less sea ice by global warming forcing walrus to congregate in mass on beach instead of hanging out on disappearing summer floating ice due to warming is junk. Boats take tourists out to see walrus congregating on beach, that is normal too. There is no sea ice there in middle of summer, that is normal. Those walrus also must have been having a time two years ago when winter sea ice area in Bering Sea was at was an all time recorded high “since satellite monitoring began in 1979.”
It is a shame news media has to hype things up to sell stories.

October 1, 2014 2:51 pm

There’s a consensus all right. But it’s not about AGW. It’s about the alarmists themselves. lol

October 1, 2014 2:51 pm

“The time has come,” the walrus said, “to speak of many things…of shoes and ships, and sealing wax…of cabbages and kings!”
“Point of order, Mr. Chairman!”
“The chair recognizes the gentleman from the Bering Sea!”
“If I am not mistaken, the subject before the assembly was…how shall I put this?…getting laid. It’s been a long, hard swim, and I, for one, am not interested in cabbage, if you get my drift!”
“Hear, hear!” “Well said, what?” “I say…capital suggestion!”
“Motion carries by acclamation! ….. Nowwwww, which of you chaps are female?”

October 1, 2014 3:05 pm

Don’t these yahoos know that a mass gathering of walruses in Alaska is a certain sign of a major earthquake. Sometime in the next 10,000 years?

Charles Nelson
October 1, 2014 3:07 pm

The very same Green Guardian had banner headlines proclaiming that half the world’s wild life had become extinct in the last 40 years! (WWF propaganda as it turned out.) How this ties in with unusually large gatherings of animals only the Greenpriests know…and of course, they’re not saying.
Try commenting on the Guardian where it proclaims “comment is free”.

Reply to  Charles Nelson
October 1, 2014 7:38 pm

I do. And yesterday I posted on this story.Even included a reference-
‘Kelly is a marine mammal scientist at the University of Alaska. He says that in a growing walrus population, at least 35 percent of the females should have calves with them. But the rates he saw were far less, in some places in the single digits. ‘
Rejoice, rejoice I say for they are returned.
Unfortunately it has been deleted in it’s entirety.

Reply to  lee
October 1, 2014 7:38 pm

They love global warming

October 1, 2014 3:14 pm

I think they are massing for an attack.

tolip ydob (There is no such thing as a perfectly good airplane)
October 1, 2014 3:18 pm

It’s as likely IMneverHO they were displaced by ‘global warmists’ occupying their recent spots.
But it’s prolly just crop rotation of the natural variety.

October 1, 2014 3:25 pm
October 1, 2014 3:28 pm

I see this snippet from Google Scholar search results. How unusual is hauling out?

Habits of the Pacific walrus (Odobenus divergens)
G Collins – Journal of Mammalogy, 1940 – JSTOR
…Late in July 1938, a large herd of walrus hauled out on the beach at Point Hope and Cape Lisbourne….

October 1, 2014 3:30 pm

Walruses spend 75% of their time in the water. They don’t have to “rest” either on the ice or ashore–(1) their blubber keeps them afloat (2) they sleep in the water:

October 1, 2014 3:40 pm

Could someone possibly translate this walrus phrase:
koo koo k’CHOO

Alan Robertson
Reply to  brians356
October 1, 2014 5:11 pm

October 1, 2014 at 3:40 pm
Could someone possibly translate this walrus phrase:
“koo koo k’CHOO”
I am he as you are he as you are me
And we are all together

October 1, 2014 3:44 pm

From a paper in 1980.

Mass natural mortality of walruses (Odobenus rosmarus) at St. Lawrence Island, Bering Sea, autumn 1978
In October-November 1978, several thousand living walruses came ashore in at least four localities on St. Lawrence Island where they had not been present before in this century. They hauled out also at two other sites which they have occupied annually but in much smaller numbers. At least 537 animals died on the haulout areas at that time, and approximately 400 other carcasses washed ashore from various sources. This was by far the greatest mortality of walruses ever recorded in an event of this kind…….
FH Fay, BP Kelly – Arctic, 1980 – JSTOR

This is just before the satellite era sea ice extent maximum and start.

S. Andersson
October 1, 2014 3:45 pm

I wonder what WWF would have thought if they had seen an aerial photo of the Woodstock festival. That humans were about to go extinct?

Reply to  S. Andersson
October 1, 2014 7:01 pm

Good Ol’ Days …

October 1, 2014 3:48 pm

Is it possible that underwater volcanoes could do something like this? Extra sulfur in the water in their usually favorite area, or something?
Same question for when masses of some dead fish species show up on some beach.

October 1, 2014 4:00 pm

A simple review of the Alaskan coastline tells you that there are hundreds of kilometers of very similar beach habitat up and down from where these walruses came ashore. Common sense tells you that there is something far more complex and fascinating going on here than not finding enough sea ice to perch upon. Why did they all congregate in one spot? If they were just resting for lack of sea ice, they would have found much more convenient and less crowded locations to settle in. Unfortunately unique scientific curiosity is being dulled by those co-opting this event for their dogmatic global warming assertions.

Mike H.
Reply to  RobTam
October 1, 2014 7:41 pm

One big communal pillow.

Reply to  RobTam
October 1, 2014 8:25 pm

They congregate in these specific spots year after year because this is where they have always held their annual conventions for thousands of years and they don’t like change.

Reply to  PeterK
October 3, 2014 6:46 am

‘Steven Goddard’ points out….

……..There normally isn’t any sea ice within 100 miles of Alaska this time of year, and this year isn’t much different from the 1981-2010 median.

Then I find this.

Moscow-Pullman Daily News – Jul 19, 2000
During a 1997 trip to a walrus haulout, he spotted one of his research subjects in the middle of thousands of walruses that had gathered on a beach.”

I repeat, during the 1970s almost every documentary I saw with walruses, it was from a haulout. I think we are being had by a sick joke.

Reply to  PeterK
October 3, 2014 7:27 am

Genetic results based on DNA have shown the Atlantic Walrus and the Pacific Walrus to be separate from each other. It is believed that the two branched off from each other anywhere from 500,000 to 785,000 years ago.

Does that mean that the Pacific Walrus survived periods of ‘ice free‘ Arctic summers during the Holocene Hypsithermal? Should we be worried about their imminent extinction?

Reply to  RobTam
October 3, 2014 4:07 am

Killer whales?

Abstract – 04 Dec 2012
Killer whales (Orcinus orca) hunting for walruses (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) near Retkyn Spit, Chukotka
Group hunting by killer whales for walruses was observed in August 18, 2008, in the littoral area (3 km from the haulout of walruses, Retkyn Spit, Chukotka). The group of killer whales consisted of seven adults…..

The littoral zone is the part of a sea, lake or river that is close to the shore. Did you see the word “haulout”? Is this an explanation for the haulaout in the post?

Robert of Ottawa
October 1, 2014 4:02 pm

The walruses are telling us what the polar bears have told us and what many indigenous people have told us in the high Arctic
Since when can poley bears and walruses speak Inuktitut?

October 1, 2014 4:05 pm

The CBC in Canada also used it as a banner headline and comments are allowed so please comment

October 1, 2014 4:05 pm

You fools, this is entirely consistent with walrus computer modelling which actually predicted this event just after it happened. The models also show there will be periods without walrus gatherings which happened elsewhere at the same time further confirming the accuracy of the models.

October 1, 2014 4:06 pm

You are all walrus deniers

Tom J
October 1, 2014 4:09 pm

It’s just simply an Occupy Arctic walrus protest said to be organized partly by Van Jones.

October 1, 2014 4:11 pm

Did you know that 1 percent of the walrus population owns 80 percent of the walrus wealth? It’s bloody well about time the walruses started banding together to protest.

October 1, 2014 4:19 pm

Its just the walrus version of Burning Man 😉

Reply to  Mark Sorensen
October 2, 2014 10:45 am

Except the walruses smell better. (I live in Reno – I know.)

October 1, 2014 4:23 pm

Don’t whales also beach themselves en mass occasionally, and have for centuries? Why do lemmings drown themselves in the sea? Animals just get fed up from time to time – is that so wrong?

Reply to  brians356
October 1, 2014 5:36 pm

The lemming mass drownings was a myth created by Disney Studios, many years ago.

Steve P
Reply to  brians356
October 1, 2014 5:51 pm

Obviously, the walruses know what they are doing, and they do it for walrus reasons. Somehow the haul-out spot is selected, and communicated to the rest of the great walrus host. There are many aspects of animal behavior that remain cryptic, but there is a reason for everything, even if we can’t see it yet. No matter what Lennon may have felt in an inspired moment, no man is a walrus.

October 1, 2014 4:32 pm
The definition guy
October 1, 2014 4:33 pm

My car broke down today, overheated. We all know what caused that. That’s all the proof I need. The evidence is clear. We’re doomed. Co2 has turned our planet into a 4 slice auto eject toaster with easy to clean crumb trays and automatic width adjustment that’s been set to high. And we’re the sliced bread. Could someone please pass the butter? Oh, that jam looks good too.

October 1, 2014 4:42 pm

Radiation-filled ocean water care of Fukushima is the real culprit. But no one wants to talk about that because there is no way to solve that problem.

October 1, 2014 5:18 pm

Anthony, it may be very helpful to post up the map of “normal” extent of sea ice at the end of September and point out where Point Lay (where the photo was allegedly taken) is. That should put an end to this nonsense (at least for those that have 2 brain cells to rub together).

October 1, 2014 5:46 pm

Once a year, thousands of elephant seals gather on the beach near San Simion, California. Apparently this behavior has little to do with melting ice.

Bill Illis
October 1, 2014 5:50 pm

They all gather in the same place on the same beach coming from a thousand kms away to “rest” (as in huge aggressive animals which are constantly fighting each other all lined up and overlapping on top of each other because of “normal” ice-melt-back which has occurred again at this time of year just like every year (covering a thousand kms of shoreline). I wouldn’t call that “rest”.
It is obviously a normal social activity for the walruses. Fall practise for spring mating season might be all a walrus needs.

October 1, 2014 6:09 pm

Polar bears & walruses can talk, apparently…

October 1, 2014 6:17 pm

This has nothing to do with global warming. It is scare mongering and the WWF should check its facts. From
The rest of the year (late summer and fall), walruses tend to form massive aggregations of tens of thousands of individuals on rocky beaches or outcrops. The migration between the ice and the beach can be long-distance and dramatic. In late spring and summer, for example, several hundred thousand Pacific walruses migrate from the Bering Sea into the Chukchi Sea through the relatively narrow Bering Strait.[27]
27. Fay, F. H. (1982). “Ecology and Biology of the Pacific Walrus, Odobenus rosmarus divergens Illiger”. United States Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service.

Curious George
October 1, 2014 7:41 pm

A mass gathering of 310,000 people in New York is latest sign of global warming.

dry in california
Reply to  Curious George
October 2, 2014 3:34 pm

it was only ~100k marchers, they just left enough garbage so archaeologists would think they were 300k

Pamela Gray
October 1, 2014 8:29 pm

There is only one explanation: A bunch of females searching for manmeat. Or is that manmeat searching for females searching for manmeat? What does it matter as long as babies are the result. The drive to procreate trumps global warming every day of the week and twice on Sunday. I’ll bet the picture was taken on a Sunday.

Gary Hladik
Reply to  Pamela Gray
October 2, 2014 8:03 pm

Actually, Pamela, it’s the only spot on the coast with good cell phone reception, hence the large numbers of females and juvenile walruses. 🙂

Joel O'Bryan
October 1, 2014 9:13 pm

They very well could be starving due to man’s over exploitation of the oceans for fish. But that has zero to do with the magic gas of oil and gas combustion.

October 1, 2014 10:04 pm

If an estimated 35,000 walrus had not gathered on Alaskan beaches, it would also be caused by Gorebal Warming

Paul Nottingham
October 1, 2014 11:45 pm

Didn’t they used to show these kind of things is Disney shorts 50 or so years ago. I’m sure that I as brought up with the idea that at a certain time of year seals, sea lions and walruses gather on beaches in huge numbers. My reaction to the news was, “Yes, they do that” anyway.
Maybe I’d forgotten that they were being boiled by this huge rise in temperatures way down in the depths of the sea that we’re told to believe in.

October 2, 2014 12:22 am

Polar bear diverged from brown bear around a million years ago and have survived numerous warming periods since. So have walrus.

October 2, 2014 1:20 am

I put a post on the Business Insider’s beat up of this walrus gathering … comprising a link to the rebuttal at Climate Depot and Dr. Susan Crockford’s comments: Mass haulouts of Pacific walrus and stampede deaths are not new, not due to low ice cover – ‘The attempts by WWF and others to link this event to global warming is self-serving nonsense that has nothing to do with science…this is blatant nonsense and those who support or encourage this interpretation are misinforming the public.’
… And it got pulled
“This comment has been deemed inappropriate and has been removed.
Please read our Community Guidelines for rules on leaving comments.”
What a bunch a lying deceitful bastardjas.

October 2, 2014 1:33 am

Maybe they gathered to join the people’s march against climate change. Just got there a bit late.

“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things
..why the sea is boiling hot–
And whether pigs have wings.”

October 2, 2014 2:08 am

Walruses behaving like warmists ?

October 2, 2014 2:52 am

Back in the eighteenth century, until they were hunted out, there was a mass haulout of walrus on Block Island, off Nova Scotia, on the same latitude as Portland, Maine.
Must have been terrible global warming to cause that. Makes one wonder why yankees didn’t grow their own tea rather than causing that big bother in Boston harbor.

October 2, 2014 3:09 am

More seriously. Yes, wakrus do haul out mostly on land, not on sea-ice. The haul-out sites are very traditional and are often used for many generations.
And yes mass haulouts are sensitive to disturbance, though not extremely sensitive. If you are quiet, move slowly and against the wind you can approach very close without disturbing the animals. Walrus have a keen sense of smell but not have very good sight or hearing on land.
And no, walrus are not truly arctic animals dependent on ice cover. The do not occur in high-arctic areas (Northern Greenland, Sverdrup archipelago, central Siberian Coast, Severnaya Zemlya) and before they were hunted out at least in the Atlantic they occurred and bred in areas that never have sea-ice (Finnmark coast in Norway, Sable Island off Nova Scotia, (I wrote Block Island by mistake in an earlier post)).

October 2, 2014 3:14 am

The walrus are naked, but I can’t read their demands they have written on their chests. Anyone got a better photo?

Eric ah
October 2, 2014 3:53 am

Sex? I always understood these gatherings to be about meeting a partner, mating and propagating the species. How many months to maximum food time next year?

Mark Bofill
October 2, 2014 4:30 am

It’s odd that suddenly we turn to walrus haulouts as a proxy for sea ice extent, when we have satellites that tell us much more precisely what’s going on. Could it be that the satellites aren’t supporting the alarming narrative at the moment?

Roger ayotte
October 2, 2014 5:12 am

I am the walrus

October 2, 2014 5:46 am

It is easy to be dismissive of this story, and chuckle, but literally seconds ago, this story was reported on the local morning TV news in my Gulf Coast sound as evidence that global warming caused the sea ice to retreat north. The watermelons are active this fall…

Reply to  JR
October 2, 2014 5:47 am

Oops, Gulf Coast town…

October 2, 2014 5:49 am

Enough already.
For the sake of simplification, maybe the IPCC should just come out with this one sentence statement.
Everything that ever happens anywhere for any reason at any time is caused by global warming and it is all bad.
There it’s done, the simplicity is genius, and media bandwidth can be cleared of superfluous noise.

WitchFinder General UEA
October 2, 2014 7:03 am

Looks like a very healthy population to me…

Samuel C Cogar
October 2, 2014 8:45 am

Me thinks that at least one (1) time each year ….. Walruses prefer solid ground underneath them simply because the “humping” of a female by a rambunctious 2 ½ ton male would surely cause a “break through” in their sexual activity if attempted to consummate said on “thin ice”.
“HA”, and 35,000 Walruses all huddled up in a bunch on top of surface ice ….. would surely sink their plans of a “love boat”.

Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
October 2, 2014 8:52 am

In the unenlightened old days, the appearance of 35,000 walrus would have been a cause for optimism, evidence that the species was doing well.

Actually, in the really unenlightened old days the appearance of 35,000 walrus would be the signal for a massive hunt to harvest all that ivory and meat. This sort of makes large walrus gatherings a self-correcting problem.

October 2, 2014 8:55 am

I would suspect masses of walruses would provide food for polar bears — at least the weak/old/baby walruses. Even polar bears are challenged by the size and strength of walruses.
No ice required.

October 2, 2014 9:03 am

Um, per the wiki they have been recovering population:
“During the 19th century and the early 20th century, walruses were widely hunted and killed for their blubber, walrus ivory, and meat. The population of walruses dropped rapidly all around the Arctic region. Their population has rebounded somewhat since then”
with a 20 to 30 year lifespan, it seems likely to me that we are simply seeing the result of guns and hunting being vilified in about 1970 ….
So lack of hunting and population explosion / recovery is a bad thing? Eh?

October 2, 2014 9:30 am

First we has global warming, then it was climate change. Then climate disruption.
Now we have global walrussing.
At least one thing stays the same – it’s worse than we thought.

October 2, 2014 10:54 am

Actually , there was a report that John Lennon was seen on that Alaskan beach, and …

October 2, 2014 11:16 am

Walrus have apparently been gathering on land to rest and shed their skin for decades. Not an AGW phenomenon at all.

October 2, 2014 11:55 am

Here’s current sea ice extent with the “normal” line:
As you can see, there is normally no ice in the Chukchi Sea or anywhere near Point Lay this time of year.

October 2, 2014 12:11 pm

This morning on our main TV news broadcast in Holland the familiar “unprecedented, due to ice loss, scientists say cause is climate change”.
I did contact them by email and gave some extra info and indicated they’re probably not aware they are making fools of themselves with such sloppy politicized info. Well, I guess I was not the only one reacting. Because, lo and behold, this evening although at first more or less the same story, they added: “On the other hand, scientist from the University of Groningen have the opinion this large number of walruses may indicate the walruses are doing fine.”
Wow. There is still hope reason may prevail at last.

October 2, 2014 1:21 pm

Global warming? They’re huddled together because it’s freakin’ cold!

Gary Pearse
October 2, 2014 2:20 pm

They are gathering to take advantage of the climate refugee program of the UN. I’ve heard they are going to Florida.

October 2, 2014 2:56 pm

Gee, I hope they had their gas masks on when they were speaking to the Walrus. I have been with 2 walrus in New Zealand and that stank to high heaven.

October 2, 2014 4:26 pm

Also, this explanation is on the Norwegian Polar Institute site:
“Walruses were once very abundant in the Svalbard Archipelago. However, they were hunted virtually to extinction in Svalbard during three and a half centuries of heavy commercial exploitation. Ivory was a valuable trade item and walrus haul out sites were very easily exploited. Walruses became protected 1952 inSvalbard, when it is likely that only a few hundred remained. Despite 50 years of protection, walrus numbers are still low in Svalbard and they remain on the Norwegian National Red List. However, walrus numbers are increasing and they are starting to haul out in sites on land that have not been used for many decades. In August 2006 a survey was conducted of all known (past and present) haul-out sites within Svalbard. Together with information from a satellite-tagging programme, which allowed for the calculation of an adjustment factor that accounted for the proportion of animals that were out swimming when the photographic survey of haulouts took place, the Svalbard subpopulation was estimated to be 2,500 walruses.”
Note the statement about haul outs “…in sites on land that have not been used for many decades.”

James at 48
October 2, 2014 5:39 pm

Chumley says that the Greenies don’t have a clue about what makes walruses tick.

October 2, 2014 10:23 pm

Just watched a news item on Sky News that was just a PR piece for the WWF. Polar Bear population declining, melting ice, record numbers of Walrus on a beach never seen before, animals in danger of drowning, blah…blah…blah. Pretty much says it all.
No science. No history. No accuracy. No journalism.

October 2, 2014 11:12 pm

This story featured on all media outlets here in Australia over the last couple of days. Shocking misinformation.

Samuel C Cogar
October 3, 2014 5:40 am

The Polar Bears were telling me that they were mighty happy that the Arctic sea ice was melting more n’ more each year. I asked them why and they told me that the melting sea ice forces the female seals to come ashore to birth their pups.
HA, …. Mother Nature’s Polar Bear Welfare Program, …. HUH?
Instead of those bears having to hunt for their food, …… their food now comes to them.

Two Labs
October 3, 2014 9:11 am

And they claim WE’RE the purveyor ls of disinformation… smh!

October 3, 2014 10:20 am

It appears about right every year,Breeding season yet again!

October 3, 2014 11:06 am

Yumm… BBQ Walrus.
I will throw them on the BBQ with Polar Bears and Penguins.
Walrus and Polar Bears are 2 of the most viscous ‘animals’ ever..

Reply to  NoFixedAddress
October 3, 2014 11:08 am

Cold Climate

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