Svalbard, Norway

Colossal walruses swimming in the Arctic sea, coming up to our zodiac. They have their heads above the water surface to investigate us in the zodiac.

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/6.3
  • Exposure time: 1/800s
  • ISO: 1000
  • Focal Length: 245mm

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

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Background

While I was capturing this photograph, the colossal walruses are swimming in the Arctic ocean would swim right up the zodiac. Walruses are very curious. They like to investigate and see who we are. We have to maneuver away from them to keep a bit of distance between them and us.

The tusks of a walrus can grow up to a meter long and can even weigh around 5 kilogram / 11 pounds in colossal bulls. Although they are generally a brown color, they can look white after diving in the freezing sea. They even look pink when they are warm. Due to the varying blood supply to the perimeter of the body under different circumstances.

As they are incredibly social animals, they congregate in tight groups when on land or ice and usually travel at sea in groups as well. There is enormous sexual segregation outside the breeding season. During this period, you will see solitary walruses swimming or on ice; these are usually adult males. The walrus pups are born weighing 85 kilograms / 187 pounds.

The walrus is a species considered as vulnerable on the IUCN list.

For more photos like these walruses swimming, please take a look through our Arctic Circle themed photographs. All our wildlife photographs are for sale of license and photo prints.

 

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