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Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus), a large marine mammal with a discontinuous distribution about the North Pole in the Arctic Ocean

Walrus

Pacific walruses travel according to the movement of the ice. As the ice expands in the winter, the walruses move south. As it breaks up and retreats in the spring and summer, they move north again.

The walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) is a large flippered marine mammal with prominent tusks, whiskers, and bulkiness. Adult males in the Pacific can weigh more than 3,700 lb and, among pinnipeds, are exceeded in size only by the two species of elephant seals. Walruses live mostly in shallow waters above the continental shelves, spending significant amounts of their lives on the sea ice looking for benthic bivalve mollusks to eat.

The walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) is a large flippered marine mammal with…

Walrus In The Water Up Close

Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) in the Chukchi Sea. Photo:: Sarah Sonsthagen/US Geological Survey.

Walrus whiskers Marine animals have developed specialized sensory systems for the detection of underwater prey. Fish have a sensitive sideline system, sharks have a system to detect the electromagnetic fields created by muscle activity of their prey, and a highly developed system for chemoreception. Some of the senses of marine mammals have also been investigated, such as those of whales that depend on an echolocation system, or the way sea otters search for food by patting the surface of…

Walrus whiskers Marine animals have developed specialized sensory systems for the detection of underwater prey. Fish have a sensitive sideline system, sharks have a system to detect the.

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