By Rebecca Drew
AMUSING pictures and video footage have revealed a large herd of lazy walruses piled on top of each other taking a well-earned rest on the shore before setting off to swim again.
In the hilarious footage, one 2,200-pound restless walrus decides that the herd is too close for comfort and stabs his friend using his sharp tusks, resulting in the rest of the group raising from their slumber to see what is going on.
The pictures show how one walrus managed to escape the drama for some peace and quiet as it is pictured flat out on its back with a fin resting across its stomach.
The spectacular images were taken in Chukotka, Russia by wildlife trips organiser, Mike Korostelev (34) from Moscow, Russia. Mike used a Canon 5D camera to capture the amazing shots.
Photographer, Mike Korostelev. Mike Korostelev / mediadrumworld.com
“Every year walruses swim here and they come close to humans,” said Mike.
“I came across a lone walrus who was sleeping on the shore, I crept up to it and photographed it with a wide-angle lens.
“I always prepare for every project and research the behaviour of animals through contacting biologists, other photographers and people who live nearby.”
Walruses are very sociable mammals who like to stay in their herds but do split into sub-herds which divide the males and females when they are not mating.
To mark their dominance, males use their tusks and bodies in a mark of aggression. They spend a lot of their time in shallow water and out of it where they congregate in groups of around one hundred.
“I was very careful not to disturb the walruses,” added Mike.
“Through my work, I would like to show people that seeing animals in nature is much more interesting than going to the zoo.
“I want to show what an incredible world we have and how it can only be saved for future generations if we all work together.”
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