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Walrus Photos Showing This Huge Whiskered Pinneped With Impressive Tusks

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The walrus, Odobenus rosmarus, is a large flippered marine mammal found in the Arctic and sub-Arctic seas of the Northern Hemisphere. Walrus are pinnipeds - pinni means wing or fin, and ped means foot. They live to live in shallow water by ice floes or land, and  migrate in the spring and fall following their food source - clams, snails, crab, shrimp and worms. Of the three types, the Pacific walrus, Odobenus rosmarus divergens, are more abundant than the Atlantic walrus, Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus, or the isolated Odobenus rosmarus laptevi which is found only in the Laptev Sea. The walrus is important to indigenous Arctic peoples, who have hunted the walrus for its meat, fat, skin, tusks and bone. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the walrus was the object of heavy commercial exploitation for blubber and ivory and its numbers declined rapidly. Its global population is recovering, although the Atlantic and Laptev populations remain at historically depressed levels.

Bulls grow to 12 feet long and weigh up to two tons, cows grow to nine feet and weigh around a ton. Walrus have a distinctive pink to cinnamon brown color, when in the water they are a paler shade of brown, when they come on land they pump blood to their skin for warmth and look pinker. Both male and female have long curving tusks, which are canine teeth made of ivory. Surrounding the tusks is a broad mat of stiff bristles, mystacial vibrissae, which givesthe walrus a characteristic whiskered appearance. The vibrissae are attached to muscles and are supplied with blood and nerves making the vibrissal array a highly sensitive organ capable of differentiating shapes. Walrus walk on all four fins and can move surprisingly fast on land.

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Picture of the Atlantic walrus, Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus, Igloolik, Nunavut, Canada, Arctic

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Image of the Atlantic walrus, Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus, underwater

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Photo of male Pacific walruses, Odobenus rosmarus divergens, at haulout, Round Island Sanctuary, South West Alaska, Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of the Atlantic walrus, Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus, Igloolik, Nunavut, Canada, Arctic

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Picture of the Atlantic walrus, Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus, swimming through floating ice, North Baffin Island, Canada, Arctic

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Image of a male Pacific walrus, Odobenus rosmarus divergens, at haulout, Round Island Sanctuary, his body pink as circulation returns, South West Alaska, Pacific Ocean

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Photo of male Pacific walruses, Odobenus rosmarus divergens, swimming, Round Island Sanctuary, South West Alaska, Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of male Pacific walruses, Odobenus rosmarus divergens, sleeping in the sunshine at summer haul out, Round Island Sanctuary, South West Alaska, Pacific Ocean

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Picture of walrus, Odobenus rosmarus divergens, with flipper covering eye, Round Island, Alaska, Pacific

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Image of the Atlantic walrus, Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus, North Baffin Island, Canada, Arctic

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Photo of male walrus, Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus, Spitsbergen, Norway, Atlantic, Arctic

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Stock photo of walrus, Odobenus rosmarus divergens, resting on a chunk of pack ice during spring breakup, Chuckchi Sea, off the National Petroleum Reserves, Alaska

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Picture of the Pacific walrus, Odobenus rosmarus divergens, the largest pinniped in the arctic and subartcic seas. Point Defiance, Washington

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Image of the Atlantic walrus, Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus, North Baffin Island, Canada, Arctic

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Photo of Atlantic walruses, Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus, hauled out on ice floe, northern Baffin Island, Canadian Arctic

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Stock photo of walrus, Odobenus rosmarus divergens, on the pack ice of the Bering sea of Alaska, Arctic

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Picture of male Pacific walruses, Odobenus rosmarus divergens, sleeping in the sunshine at summer haul out, Round Island Sanctuary, South West Alaska, Pacific Ocean

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Image of a male Pacific walrus, Odobenus rosmarus divergens, swimming, Round Island Sanctuary, his body pink as circulation returns, South West Alaska, Pacific Ocean

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Photo of walrus, Odobenus rosmarus divergens, in the water in the midle of pack ice in the Bering sea of Alaska, Arctic

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Stock photo of male Pacific walruses, Odobenus rosmarus divergens, sparring, Round Island Sanctuary, South West Alaska, Pacific Ocean

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