Volcanoes, walruses, and the planet that puts on a show

Whether things are going good or bad, it’s still an amazing planet.

A couple of images drive this home today.

First, a couple of guys with a quadcopter, have flown it near the Bardabunga volano in Iceland. Experts have been warning it’s going to blow and cloud the European skies with ash.

Beautiful indeed.

So is this, in a frightening sort of way. Thirty-five thousand walruses have hit the shore in Pt. Lay, Alaska.

Photo: NOAA

It’s called a “haulout” and it was discovered earlier this week by an Arctic observation flight by NOAA.

Photo: NOAA

There was no mention of why the walruses are on the beach in the NOAA handout with the exception of a notation that no sea ice was found in the area.

Sea ice is at the sixth-lowest level on record, according to The Guardian.

  • Robert Moffitt

    Re: the walrus. Besides the obvious missing ice, I understand the problem with these big beach gatherings is the big beasts get spooked easily when on land, where they feel vulnerable to bear attacks. In a stampede, the youngsters can easily get killed.

  • joetron2030

    I happen to be a friend of a friend of Eric Cheng. I’ve never been introduced to him, though. From what I’ve seen via Facebook, he does a lot of amazing photography work. A lot of it while scuba diving in various locales around the Pacific and South Pacific.