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The walrus is immediately recognized by its prominent tusks, whiskers and great bulk.Adult Pacific walrus males can weigh up to 3,700 lb and, among pinnipeds, are exceeded in size only by the two species of elephant seals. Walruses live to about 2030 years old in the wild.


Walrus are large pinnipeds, they are semi-aquatic and layered in blubber.

Walrus Classification:

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Caniformia
Superfamily: Pinnipedia
Family: Odobenidae
Genus: Odobenus
Species: rosmarus

Other Names:

Walrus in Foreign Languages:

Dutch: Walrus
Estonian: Morsk
Finnish: Mursu
French: Morse
German: Walross
Greenlandic: Aaveq / Aaffaffak
Irish: Rosualt
Italian: Tricheco
Latvian: Valzirgs
Lithuanian: Veplys
Norweigan: Hvalross / Kvalross
Polish: Mors
Portuguese: Morsa
Romanian: Morsa
Slovak: Mro
Spanish: Morsa
Swahili: Nguva Aktiki
Swedish: Valross
Turkish: Mors
Vietnamese: Con Moc / Con H'i ma


Conservation Status: Endangered

Size: Walrus are 7.25 to 11.5 feet in length and they can weigh up to 1.5 tons! Male walrus are typically larger their their female counterparts.

Habitat: Walruses are circumpolar, but they are concentrated in geographically separated areas. Walruses prefer water that is no deeper than 260 feet, and they prefer a habitat with a gravelly bottom.

Description: Walrus have large barrel shaped bodies, with two front flippers and two back flippers. The front flippers are used for walking on land. Walrus have long tusks and numerous whiskers on their nose. Walrus have thick skin that is a cinnamin-brown color, but it may appear lighter colored when cold. Walrus bodies are encompassed in a thick layer of blubber.

Diet: Walrus will feed on clams, mussels and other bottom dwelling marine life. Walrus will feed on baby seal carcasses when food is scarce.

Communication: Walrus communicate using bellows, growls, taps, knocks, grunts, barks, soft whistles, rasps, and clicks.

Did You Know?

Walrus spend up to two thirds of their life in the water.

Gestation: Walrus carry their young for 15 to 16 months.

Birth: Walruses haul out to rest and bear their young. Wlarus calves are born ash gray to brown. Newborn walrus calves are 99-165 lbs at birth and they measure between 3-4 feet long.

Sexually Mature: Female walrus sexually mature around 5 to 6 years of age. Male walrus are sexually mature between the ages of 8 to 10 years of age, but they do not typically reproduce until 15 years of age.

Life Span: Walrus have an average life span of up to 40 years.

Did You Know?

Male walrus are referred to as bulls, while female walrus are referred to as cows.

Social Structure: Walruses are highly social animals, they congregate in large numbers. Walrus will haul out in herds. Male and female walrus form separate herds during the non-breeding season.

Walrus Gifts




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