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New project aims to help conservation through tracking walruses


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Conservationists are on the hunt for “citizen scientists” to spot walruses from their own home to help track populations of the creatures and give scientists an understanding of how many are left in the wild.

Keen-eyed members of the public are being asked to scour images of the Arctic taken from space for the blubbery mammals and report any sightings to WWF and the British Antarctic Survey, as part of a census of Atlantic walrus and walrus from the Laptev Sea.

The project builds on the knowledge of indigenous communities, tracking the effects of global heating on the animals, whose habitat is heating up almost three times faster than the rest of the world, with roughly 13% of summer sea ice disappearing every decade.

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