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U.S changes flight paths to avoid walrus stampede on beach in Alaska

Approximately 35,000 walruses are crowded on one Alaska beach because of disappearing sea ice. Because of the number of the animals, a stampede would kill a majority of them, especially the young ones and females, so the FAA has ordered all flights re-routed. Local communities are also asking bush pilots, curiosity seekers, and the media to keep away. The FAA has asked pilots to stay above 2,000 feet and at least half a mile away from the animals. Helicopters must stay at least 3,000 feet up and a mile away because they are louder than planes.

On September 27, scientists on an aerial survey flight saw the walruses on the barrier island in north-western Alaska. This is the largest sighting of walruses on dry land in the U.S Arctic, and it happened just as the summer sea ice fell to its sixth lowest level.

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