A Welcome Comeback for Norway’s Walruses

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  • As of 2018, there have been 5503 walruses recorded in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard.
  • This comes after the walruses almost completely disappeared in 1952 due to more than 300 years of ivory hunting.
  • “The walrus is like a mythical creature…They’re like no other animal on earth. Their closest living relatives are separated by almost 20 million years” said Colleen Reichmuth, a research scientist at University of California, Santa Cruz’s Institute of Marine Sciences.

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