The boys are back in town. Worn out from some serious smashin’, the dudes crash on a beach to recharge, make loud grunting noises, and get ready to do it all over again. No, it’s not a scene from the new Entourage movie: It’s just another day of footage from the Round Island walrus cam.
Right now, thousands of male walruses are resting on the Alaska island after a busy mating season. And next week, if you’re into that sort of thing, you can catch HBO’s paean to bros-with-cash culture in theaters. I’ve never watched Entourage, but this description from a wildlife biologist about walrus chillaxing time makes me think they’re kind of the same thing:
Viewers can expect to see these male social animals in their leisurely habitat sleeping, being playful with one another, fighting, and even partaking in occasional self-stimulation.
Just as Vince, E, Drama, Turtle, and Ari are no strangers to a camera, our walruses had a brush with stardom when a streaming cam ran for a brief time nearly a decade ago. A grant from Explore.org got cameras up and running again, and funds will be used for walrus protection and on-site education.
In related news, Wendy Molyneux, a writer for Bob’s Burgers, started a GoFundMe drive to raise money for children’s cancer research in exchange for her watching the Entourage movie — which she calls “the worst movie of the year and possibly our lifetime.” She’s raised $14,000 so far. Therein lies the big difference: You don’t have to pay me to watch the walrus cam.