Animals of the world, Walrus

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  • Atlantic walruses inhabit coastal areas of northeastern Canada to Greenland, while Pacific walruses inhabit the northern seas of Russia and Alaska
  • The walrus is most often found near the Arctic Circle, lying on the ice with hundreds of companions
  • With wrinkled brown and pink hides, walruses are distinguished by their long white tusks, whiskers, flat flipper, and bodies full of blubber.
  • Walruses have extremely thick leather, which is heavily wrinkled
  • Walruses are cinnamon brown in colour. They can appear white after diving or even pink when they are warm, due to them varying the blood supply to the periphery of the body under different circumstances
  • Their tusks, which are found in both males and females, can extend to about three feet
  • Adult males in the Pacific can weigh more than 2,000 kg (4,400 lb)
  • Walruses are extremely social animals. They haul out in tight groups when on land or ice and usually travel at sea in groups as well. Relations become less friendly during mating season – males then fight for dominance over a harem of females
  • The walrus’s main prey is clams of various types. Thousands of clams can be consumed in a single meal. They also eat sea cucumbers, coral, a variety of mollusks, shrimp and crabs
  • They are not particularly deep divers their deepest recorded dives are around 80 m (260 ft).
  • Walruses can match the running speed of a human being, since they run on all fours
  • Walruses generally live to be about 20 to 30 years old in the wild.

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