The Walrus

Walrus, Odobenidae, Odobenus, Tusks

When vacationers arrive on their polar holidays expecting to find a myriad different creatures, among the animals that inevitably makes the’top three’ list is the Walrus – and though it may seem difficult to believe without seeing these impressive animals in the flesh, there are plenty of reasons for this high regard. The Walrus is a fascinating creature in its own physical appearance, customs, and even in how it became an integral force in the mythology and culture of the surrounding communities, who hunted the walrus because of its meat, fat, tusks, and bone. Visitors hoping to catch a glimpse of these animals will be well rewarded – after all, with their size, they’re pretty hard to miss!

Tough Tusks

Undoubtedly one of the most fascinating features you’ll note about the Walrus during your polar vacations is the giant monsters’ tusks. Believe it or not, these elongated canines can attain lengths of up to a metre in both males and females – even though you might not be able to get close enough to measure them from tip to gum! The tusks are usually larger among men, where they’re used for fighting and dominance displays. Whatever the gender of Walrus, however, their tusks come in handy in their everyday life – such as to make holes in icehockey, or to assist in dragging prey from the sea and onto a solid surface.

Predators and Prey

As a result of its great bulk and intimidating tusks, the Walrus enjoys a life of relative safety from predators. It only needs to be concerned about two creatures hungry for a Walrus bite – the Orca, and the Polar Bear. Fortunately, however, the Walrus is not a huge portion of predator’s diet, meaning that there are always plenty around to see in your polar vacations.

Myth and Legend

According to legend, the tusks were initially formed from the tears of the weeping girl. However, the Walrus has also featured in more contemporary stories throughout the world – those two distinctive tusks which makes them an instantly familiar creature, whether on polar vacations or in the pages of an illustrated children’s book. One of the most significant examples is from Lewis Carrol’s poem,’The Walrus and the Carpenter’, which appeared in his seminal’Through the Looking-Glass’, in 1871.

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