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Russian Ship Sunk By Deadly Walrus In Arctic Expedition

According to a new update, a group of Russian scientists recently had their navy ship sunk after a vicious walrus attacked them while they were on a scientific expedition headed to the Arctic.

As per an account by the sailors from the northern fleet that joined the scientific mission made by the Russian Geographical Society located in Franz Josef land, the naval ship was attacked and possibly sunk by an unprecedented walrus attack, which almost killed them if not for a narrow escape.

“During the landing at Cape Geller, a group of researchers had to flee from a female walrus, which, protecting its cubs, attacked an expedition boat. Serious troubles were avoided thanks to the clear and well-coordinated actions of the Northern Fleet  servicemen , who were able to take the boat away from the animals without harming them. The boat sank, but a tragedy was avoided thanks to the prompt action by the squad leader. All landing participants safely reached the shore,” read an official statement released by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. The statement also indicated that the archipelago is controlled by Russia and sits some 900 km south of the North Pole in the Arctic Ocean. The group was apparently attacked as they attempted to land at Cape Heller via an inflatable boat.

Per experts, the attack may have happened because the walrus felt threatened or anxious, which then led to her protecting her cubs. Although not as agile as land predators, Walruses are still dangerous since their immense size ­is known to help capsize boats.

Interrupted expedition

Per the team, the research is meant to trace back the steps made by polar explorers who attempted to map out the freezing place from over a century ago. According to them, the unexpected walrus attack just reminded them how dangerous still the region is for humans, and that’s not even mentioning how cold it can get. Mostly covered by glaciers, temperatures can reach as low as -40°C (-40°F) during the deepest parts of winter. And from October to February, the region experiences a 128-day-long polar night.

bull-walrus-1030287_960_720 A pair of walruses resting on the ice. Photo by Pixabay (CC0)

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