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The scientific name for a walrus is Odobenus Rosmarus. It is latin for tooth walking sea-horse.
Walrus is a marine mammal.
A male walrus is called a bull.
A female walrus is called a cow.
A baby walrus is called a calf.
Walruses spend half their time on land and the other half in water.
There are two sub-species of walruses. The Atlantic Walrus and the Pacific Walrus.
Walruses live in the Northern Hemisphere in the Arctic.
Atlantic Walruses live near Northern Canada to Greenland.
Pacific Walruses live near Russia and Alaska.
The Pacific Walrus are larger than the Atlantic Walrus.
Walruses have 4 flippers 2 front flippers and two back flippers.
Walruses are grey or brown but turn a pinkish color as they age.
Walruses have thick skin and then a layer of blubber. Their blubber keeps them warm in icy waters.
Walruses grow to be 7.5 pounds to 11.5ft.
They can weigh up to 4,000 pounds
Walrus whiskers are called vibrissae.
They have 450 whiskers.
Their whiskers are very sensitive and are used to help them locate food.
Both male and female walruses have tusks.
The males have larger tusks.
Walrus tusks are actually their large teeth.
Walrus tusks never stop growing.
Walruses use their tusks to pull themselves out of the water.
Walrus are carnivores.
They dive to the bottom of the ocean to search for food used their whiskers.
Walruses like to eat shellfish including clams, mussels, soft corals, sea cucumbers and other things found at the bottom of the ocean.
Walruses can dive down 260ft into the ocean.
Walruses can hold thier breath under water for up to 30 minutes.
Walruses live between 30-40 years in the wild.
Walruses have two predators. The Orca or Killer Whale and the Polar Bear.
Female Walruses give birth to their babies on land or on ice floes.
Baby walruses weigh between 100-165 pounds!
Walruses are an endangered species.
There are around 250,000 walruses left in the wild.
Walruses were hunted by humans for their blubber and ivory tusks.
Humans are no longer allowed to hunt walruses.