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Russian Navy rescue boat sunk by WALRUS during Arctic mission

Female walrus takes out Russian Navy rescue tug to protect its young

By Anthony Garreffa on Sep 23, 2019 08:00 pm CDT - 1 min, 9 secs reading time

I didn't think I'd be typing this today but here it goes -- a female walrus has attacked, and successfully sunk a Russian Navy rescue boat by a female walrus. The walrus was most likely protecting its young, explains the RGO.


The Altai was sent out by the Russian navy's North Fleet, which was sailing away towards Franz Josef Land archipelago in the Arctic with researchers from the Russian Geographical Society on-board. In order to get to the Altai shore the crew had to get off the larger vessel and onto a smaller landing craft, which is when things got serious.

A female walrus appeared and attacked one of the expedition boats, sinking it. The research group explained: "Walruses attacked the participating boat. The boat sank, but the tragedy was avoided thanks to the clear actions of the squad leader. All the landing participants safely reached the shore".

Russia being Russia you shouldn't be surprised that the Russian military hasn't admitted to any losses of equipment, but a protective female walrus took down an entire boat -- an act that is thought of as a protective measure for her cubs.

The Russian navy's Northern Fleet explained in its own way that the "group of researchers had to flee from a female walrus, which, while protecting its cubs, attacked an expedition boat".

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Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.

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