An impressive walrus swimming in the Arctic sea. As curious as they are, coming up close to the zodiac to investigate us. Sometimes one or more animals come too close, so we had to try to keep at a certain distance. On land, they seem to be a huge blob, but in the water, they are certainly not. Surprisingly fast, even with their immense body mass. Walruses spend a significant amount of time in their life on sea ice in the search for food. They are, indeed, social animals. You find them in large herds in the Arctic circle on land or on sea ice. Feeding grounds for the walruses are in shallow waters. The food they eat they find on the ocean floor. They particularly like mollusks – mainly bivalves, which are their favorite food – also, worms, gastropods, cephalopod, and soft-bodied animals.
Did you know that a walrus can weigh up to three times as much as a polar bear? Neither did I. We invite you to visit our Arctic wildlife photographs portfolio to view and learn more about these unusual species.
The impressive walrus swimming in the Arctic sea, an unusual species, is considered as vulnerable on the IUCN list. Their Latin name is Odobenus rosmarus.
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