| Latin Name
| Conservation Status
|| Brown or Brown/Grey
||2.6 - 4 m (8.5 - 13 ft)
||1.2 - 2 tonnes (1.1 - 2 tons)
| Life Expectancy
40 - 50 Yrs
Walruses are the third largest pinniped, they are only exceeded in size by the northern elephant seal and the southern elephant seal. They have a body length between 2.6 and 4 m (8.5 - 13 ft) and they weigh between 1.2 and 2 tonnes (1.1 - 2 tons).
Their most prominent physical feature is their tusks, which are present in both males and females. In males they can grow up to 1m (3.3 ft) in length.
Walruses are found on the ice floes in Arctic waters.
Walrus mainly feed on seabed dwelling animals such as worms, shellfish, sea snails, shrimps and fish. They can dive to depths of 80 m (262 ft) and can remain underwater for up to half an hour.
Walruses mate underwater and after a gestation period of 15 - 16 months a single, well developed calf is born. The young are weaned at 1 year old but can spend 3 - 5 years with their mother.
Females reach sexual maturity at 4 - 6 years of age and males at 7 years of age, but males do not usually breed until they are fully developed at 10 - 15 years old.
Predators of Walruses are killer whales, polar bears and humans.
Subspecies of Walrus include:
(Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus)
(Odobenus rosmarus divergens)
Walruses swim at speeds of 7 km/hr (4.3 mph), although they can reach speeds up to 35 km/hr (21.7 mph) if required.
Northern Elephant Seal
Southern Elephant Seal