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Explore’s Walrus Cam is remarkable not only for the hundreds of male walruses hauled out on the beaches each summer but also for the sheer remoteness of the location - Alaska’s Round Island. The small, craggy island in Bristol Bay is most easily accessible by helicopter. This new cam offers stunning seascape views of the cliffs and surrounding waters of Round Island. From this vantage point, you can see beaching walruses, breaching whales, and stellar sunsets.

The Walrus Islands State Game Sanctuary (WISGS) was established in 1960 to protect one of the largest terrestrial haulout sites in North America for Pacific walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens). The sanctuary also protects important habitats for several species of seabirds, Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) and other marine and terrestrial birds and mammals. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) manages the sanctuary primarily to protect these important habitats and wildlife species.

Best known among the WISGS islands is Round Island, where each summer large numbers of male walruses haul out on exposed, rocky beaches. Round Island is one of four major terrestrial haulouts in Alaska. Male walrus return to these haulouts every spring as the ice pack recedes northward, remaining in Bristol Bay to feed they haul out at these beach sites for several days between each feeding foray. The number of walruses using the island fluctuates significantly from year to year. However, up to 14,000 walruses have been counted on Round Island in a single day.

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The goal of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is to manage fisheries and game units while also educating the public about Alaska's natural environment.

Created in 1960, The Walrus Islands State Game Sanctuary (WISGS) protects one of the largest gathering places in the world for Pacific Walruses. In addition to walruses, WISGS is also home to sea lions, seabirds and other marine mammals and birds.

The most popular haul-out in the WISGS is Round Island, where our walrus cam is located on Main Beach. Please enjoy watching up to 15,000 of these massive marine mammals with Explore's live video feed from walrus cam.

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location: Round Island, Alaska

best hours: 6:30am - 10:30pm (May through August)

time zone: Alaska Daylight Time

links: State Game Sanctuary
Get Involved In Walrus Research
Marine Mammals Management
Pacific Walrus Range Map

Explore’s Walrus Cam is remarkable not only for the hundreds of male walruses hauled out on the beaches each summer but also for the sheer remoteness of the location - Alaska’s Round Island. The small, craggy island in Bristol Bay is most easily accessible by helicopter. This new cam offers stunning seascape views of the cliffs and surrounding waters of Round Island. From this vantage point, you can see beaching walruses, breaching whales, and stellar sunsets.

The Walrus Islands State Game Sanctuary (WISGS) was established in 1960 to protect one of the largest terrestrial haulout sites in North America for Pacific walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens). The sanctuary also protects important habitats for several species of seabirds, Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) and other marine and terrestrial birds and mammals. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) manages the sanctuary primarily to protect these important habitats and wildlife species.

Best known among the WISGS islands is Round Island, where each summer large numbers of male walruses haul out on exposed, rocky beaches. Round Island is one of four major terrestrial haulouts in Alaska. Male walrus return to these haulouts every spring as the ice pack recedes northward, remaining in Bristol Bay to feed they haul out at these beach sites for several days between each feeding foray. The number of walruses using the island fluctuates significantly from year to year. However, up to 14,000 walruses have been counted on Round Island in a single day.

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