Svalbard, Norway

An impressive walrus swimming in the Arctic sea. It is coming up close to the zodiac to investigate us. With its head above the water surface, it shows us its enormous tusks.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 3 August, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a Canon EOS-1D X and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/7.1
  • Exposure time: 1/1250s
  • ISO: 800
  • Focal Length: 400mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 5184 by 3456 pixels (WxH).

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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.

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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