Walruses invade town in Alaska

Locals are asking tourists to stay away

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Walruses invade Alaskan town

Thousands of walruses have gathered on an island in Alaska - and they're drawing people from far and wide to see the incredible spectacle.

But the people who live in this remote coastal town are begging tourists to stay away.

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Local leaders in Point Lay are stressing that their town has no hotel or even a restaurant to house all of these tourists.

The thousands of walruses are being driven to land because of retreating ocean ice.

In the past the animals have easily spread out over the polar ice and have had no trouble diving to the bottom for clams.

Now however, the remaining ice lies over very deep water which means the walruses can't get to the bottom to feed.

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