The one-ton marine mammals are one of the many species being fucked over by global warming, and so they have very little sea ice to use as their customary resting place between their bouts of foraging the sea bottom for whatever it is that walruses eat (seafood burritos, probably). They have adapted to the situation by forming massive swarms on uninhabited barrier islands in Alaska and Russia. Up to 35,000 walruses hang around on small strips of land, turning them into vast seas of nothing but barking, pointy-toothed waves of blubber.
Corey Arrardo / NOAA / NMFS / AFSC / NMML
"I am the walrus."
The animals are surprisingly tolerant of each other's presence, sort of like that year you had to share a three-bedroom apartment with six roommates because otherwise you would all freeze to death on a street corner. Also, every walrus is carrying two lethal face-swords at all times, which presumably makes them more hesitant to start any arguments unless they are absolutely necessary.
However, human beings could easily mess this harmony up by freaking out the animals with an errant helicopter or speedboat, causing a stampede that would spell doom for the walruses, especially the juveniles and calves. As such, the walrus resting areas are designated no-fly zones, but if you've ever seen a disaster movie, you know it's only a matter of time before one of these mass walrus gatherings takes place near a coastal town, and some idiot with an ATV is going to send 35,000 tons of angry, ridiculous animal rolling down Main Street.
United States Geological Survey
Just in case you were confused about the scale.
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