Ten fun facts about Walruses

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Fact 1
Walruses live in cold Arctic and sub-arctic areas.

Fact 2
They are cinnamon brown in color. The hind flippers of walruses can rotate under its pelvis which allows them to walk on all fours on land.

Fact 3
Walruses weigh from 2,000 to 3,000 lbs and can grow to 12 feet in length.

Fact 4
Both males and females have large tusks that are up to 3 feet long. These are used to cut through ice, get out of water and for defense.

Fact 5
Their diet includes mussels, clams, mollusks, sea cucumbers and other benthic or bottom dwelling organisms that are located through their whiskers.

Fact 6
Walruses are very social animals and congregate in large herds or pods. They are very noisy and cram onto beaches and ice floes by the thousands.

Fact 7
When attacked, they stampede for open water, crushing their calves in the process. This is the reason most females and calves form separate herds.

Fact 8
Walruses spend two-thirds of their lives in water. They do not have good eyesight but they have highly developed sense of hearing and smell.

Fact 9
Females haul out on the ice to give birth. The gestation period is 15 – 16 months.

Fact 10
Females give birth to one calf. The calves weight from 99 to 165 lbs at birth. They grow rapidly on their mother’s milk.


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Are the most garrulous pinnipeds or marine mammals with broad heads, flippers, short muzzle, small eyes, tusks and whiskers.

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