10 things you didn’t know about the walrus!

 

1. A walrus can hold it’s breathe under water for up to 30 minutes.

2. The adult male walrus can weigh from 900kg to 1400kg (2000 to 3000lbs) and can grow to 12ft in length.

3. Although the walruses body looks bald, it’s actually covered with a thin layer of fur.

4. The tusks of the male walrus can weight over 3 pounds each.

5. The walruses scientific name, ‘Odobenus rosmarus’, is Latin for ‘tooth-walking sea-horse’.

6. The walrus whiskers are not actually whiskers. They are extremely sensitive tactile organs which they use to hunt for food.

7. Every two to three years the female walrus gives birth to a single calf in May or June.

8. Walruses live on Arctic land and water (and the best way to see them is with Quark Expeditions!)

9. The walrus feeds on mussels, clams, fish, worms and sometimes will attack seals

10.  The walrus can live up to 20 to 30 years old in the wild

 

 

 

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