Canadian Marine Life Encyclopedia
Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus
Also known as
Shallow (80m or less), open water areas with soft sea floors close to land or pack ice
Special concern/data deficient
Order Pinnipedia (seals, sea lions and relatives); Family Odobenidae (walruses)
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The Atlantic walrus is one of the most iconic marine mammals of the Arctic, thanks to its large, ivory tusks. These tusks are actually elongated canine teeth. Both males and females have them, although the males’ tusks are much longer. Walruses are very large: adult males weigh between 1,000 to 2,000 kilograms. Because of their size, they are rather clumsy and slow-moving on land, but in the water they have smooth and graceful swimming abilities.