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Pacific walrus

Photo By Alissa Crandall

“Round Island is part of the Walrus Islands State Game Sanctuary managed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game,” explains wildlife photographer Alissa Crandall. “The rocky, mountainous and remote island is Alaska’s best place for photographing Pacific walruses during summer. One afternoon, after shooting most of the day from high cliffs, I returned to my camping area and found a small number of walrus hauled out on the rocks just near a low area on the cliffs. I was able to shoot almost straight across at this one who seemed to be shielding his eyes from the sun. He was close enough to get good face shots with the 600mm lens.

“Travel to the sanctuary involved a commercial flight from Anchorage to Dillingham, a small plane flight to the village of Togiak, and then a 35-mile boat taxi to the island. The island has a primitive camping area, but you have to bring your tent, camping gear and food as well as extra supplies for potential delays due to storms and weather.”

Canon F-1, Canon 600mm f/4 lens, Fujichrome 100 slide film, Bogen tripod and ballhead.

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