A new program aims to count Walruses from space. Volunteers have been tasked with searching through thousands of satellite feeds and seeing how many of these tusked creatures can they really find.
Scientists need more accurate data before assessing how these creatures will be affected by climate change.
This has been made more challenging because of the seasonal ice decline .
“One of the implications of not having the sea-ice to haul out on is that we’re increasingly seeing walruses spend longer on land. And that comes with a number of impacts, which include overcrowding with the potential for calves to be crushed in stampedes. This happens. But also for local food sources to be depleted,” says the chief polar advisor.