FAA tries to separate Planes from Walruses in the Chukchi Sea

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The FAA is showing its green sensitivity towards the walrus (whose latin name translates as “tooth-walking sea horse”), population which is present on a remote barrier island in the Chukchi Sea near Point Lay, Alaska. There is an estimated 10,000 Pacific walruses bunched along a beach near the village of Point.

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The walruses use sea ice as a platform to rest between foraging for food on the seafloor. The U.S. Geological Survey has said that changes in Arctic sea ice are causing walruses to temporarily leave the water or “haul-out” on land rather than on ice as they have in the past.

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No TFR is being issued to protect these magnificent mammals; education is the current primary tactic.

However, the Press Release reminds pilots that harassing walruses is a violation of U.S. law (16 USC§1375), $10,000 per violation.

This very sad situation hearkens to the Beatles’ enigmatic song “I am the Walrus.” Here are some of that song’s haunting lyrics:

“I Am The Walrus”

I am he as you are he as you are me
And we are all together
See how they run like pigs from a gun see how they fly
I’m crying

Sitting on a cornflake waiting for the van to come
Corporation tee shirt, stupid bloody Tuesday
Man you been a naughty boy. You let your face grow long
I am the eggman, they are the eggmen
I am the walrus, goo goo g’ joob

Mister City Policeman sitting, pretty little policemen in a row
See how they fly like Lucy in the sky, see how they run
I’m crying, I’m crying
I’m crying, I’m crying


Hopefully, the FAA’s efforts will do some good for these wonderful creatures for we all are the Walrus.


PRESS RELEASE: FAA Acts to Protect Walruses in Alaska

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