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16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Walruses Reaching the Beach to Rest

After entering the bay, sleeping on the rocks at the foot of the cliff for weeks, walruses eventually reach the bottom where a sandy beach welcomes them for a month. In the meantime, the temperature dropped and snow appeared in the surroundings. There will be around 90,000 walrus on the beach and 30,000 more in the waters around it.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2017
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: Chukchi Peninsula, Enurmino Village, Russia
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Copyright: © Jean-Fran├žois Lagrot
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Photo of the Day: 12.31.18
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