A walrus surfaces near Round Island in Bristol Bay in western Alaska. I like the bubble just bursting.
Walrus comming ashore on Round Island Alaska
A swiming walrus. When at sea they turn lighter as the blood flow goes to the core to preserve warmth.
Walrus are very nervous on land, he's looking for me but I'm well hidden.
Walrus tusks grow to upwards of 36", this guy is getting there!
Flat Rock with the spine in the background. Flat Rock is a favorite haul out near the boat cove on Round Island.
The spine and main beach on Round Island. The counts were at 2400 on main beach the day this photo was taken.
A walrus comes up for air after chiming against the rock.
Contrary to popular belief walrus do not dig clams with their tusks, they are used primarily for pulling themselves up on the ice
Walrus come to the shore white as their bodies shunt blood flow to maintain core temperatures. As they warm up they gain color.
sFlat Rock in Boat Cove of Round Island is a favorite of the big guys. Not only do they like the top, but they also like it underwater as it's sides seem to radiate the sound of their chiming, a noise they make underwater with the air sac around their shoulders that sounds like bells chiming that is also heard above the water. We were told it might be a form of communication.
Walrus are very tactile and they frequently touch each other even in the water.
We were told it was unusual, but while we were thier when the only boat allow to approach the island, the walrus seemed very courious and mobbed the boat and the dingy to come ashore.
Enjoying the company of lots of walrus, this guy does what they do best on Round Island....sleep!
He's got the tusks of a big guy and the skin of a younger walrus. They usually gain lots of blister like formations on their upper torso that are actually fatty deposits.
Big guy comming asore!
Just in from the sea and feeding on claims, this guy returns to Round Island for a rest. He's white beacuse his blood has been shunted to the body core to keep up the core temperature. IF he rests for awhile he'll regain color, however, older walrus are whiter than younger ones even when warmed on the beach.
basking with a few hundred of his best friends.
When your that close to neighbors you gotta check your breath once in awhile.
Three walruses checking out their photographer.
Surfacing Walrus, they sound a lot like a whale doing a blow.
Between the size, the length of the tusks and the rough skin, this is a big guy
A pair of walrus stay close to each other on First Beach on Round Island.
This is the same photo as the first one in this gallery, but I've tried to reduce the glare a bit to show more of the walrus and to bring out the bursting bubble.
Walrus sun worshipper
walrus on Flat Rock of Round Island in the Walrus Islands Game Preserve in Bristol Bay Alaska
Two younger walrus rest together on Round Island. Walrus have a strong desire to be touching someone else, if there are only two walrus on a beach, they will be touching.
A younger walrus bellows at me.
Flat Rock on Round Island in boat cove near the campground. West end and Main Beach are in the distance.
Round Island Walrus goes to sea.