President Barack Obama spent part of this past week in Alaska, becoming the first sitting U.S. President to visit the Arctic. Much of his extended tour was centered around climate change, a phenomenon that’s personally affecting many of Alaska’s rural and native village residents.
Need more proof that warmer temperatures and ice melt are impacting our 49th state and its inhabitants? Just head to Point Lay, where thousands of walruses have unnaturally congregated on land—again.
Photographer Gary Braasch snapped photos of about 6,000 walruses who congregated on the Alaskan coast approximately a week before Obama’s arrival. Compared to last year’s 35,000 shored walruses, this year’s herd seems manageable. Nevertheless, upon sight of 18 million pounds of blubber parading around the shore, the word “manageable” isn’t the first to pop to mind. Don’t believe us? Just check out Braasch’s photos of the event: