First diver to film walrus underwater
Last updated: May 11, 2018 at 17:56 pm
1991 — Mario Cyr (Canada) filmed his first walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) off the community of Igloolik, in the Canadian territory of Nunavut. Cyr told the Diving Almanac that it is vital to maintain a constant vigil while diving with walrus as they may ram and seriously injure divers with their bone-crushing weight, and because they kill large seals by biting their heads from above. Cyr was also one of the first divers to film swimming and diving polar (white) bears from underwater.
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