Walrus

Walrus rookery in the Arctic

Conservation

Scientific Classification

OrderCarnivora
CladePinnipedia
FamilyOdobenidae
GenusOdobenus
Binomial nameOdobenus rosmarus

Range Map

Description

The walrus is a large marine mammal with a weight of more than 2,000 kg, although most weigh up to 1,700 kg.  Males are larger than females.  They are similar in body shape to sea lions and seals. 

They have two long tusks at the front of their teeth, which can reach to a massive 1 m (3ft 3in).  As with a lot of animals in nature, walrus with the largest tusks are the leaders of their groups. 

They also use their tusks to make holes in the ice on which they live, and they also help them to get out of the water.