5 Interesting Facts About Walruses

Here is a massive walrus showing off his tusks.  Please don't make him angry.

Here is a massive walrus showing off his tusks. Please don’t make him angry.

Today I want to write about one of the coolest animals that lives in the coolest part of the world, the walrus.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. These massive animals grow over 3 metres long and can weigh up to 2,000 kg, making them one of the largest species of seal in the world, only behind the two species of elephant seals.  The males are much larger than females.
  2. Walruses are best known for their huge tusks that can grow up to 1 metre long.  These tusks are used to dig holes in ice, climb out of water and for fighting between males.
  3. They live in freezing cold conditions, so they have 10 cm thick skin to help them to survive.  This skin also helps to protect the males when they fight with their tusks.  Younger walruses have dark brown skin, but they get lighter as they get older until they almost turn pink.
  4. Walruses have very thick whiskers that are very sensitive, helping them find clams, shrimp, crabs, tube worms and other small invertebrates on the bottom of the sea floor.  They can hold their breath for up to half an hour.
  5. They live in large colonies of hundreds of walruses in the Arctic regions of Canada, Greenland, Russia and Alaska.  They were once hunted, causing their numbers to drop, but since most hunting has stopped, their numbers have gone up again in most areas, so they are not in danger of extinction.  Their only natural predator is the polar bear and the orca.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about walruses?

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