Svalbard, Norway

Walrus swim in the Arctic sea. Three animals with their heads above the water. Front view of tusks, mouth open and whiskers.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 17 July, 2023

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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: 1/1250s
  • ISO: 1000
  • Focal Length: 400mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 5041 by 3361 pixels (WxH).

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Colossal walruses swim up to you and are very curious by nature. They came right up to us to the zodiac. Sometimes the walruses swim so close that you have to drive off or try to keep them at a distance. They do not attack the zodiac at all and are not aggressive toward us. They want to say hello and find out who we are.

Curious Walrusses Swim In The Ocean

A walrus can weigh up to three times as much as a polar bear! The walrus, otherwise known as the king or giant of the Arctic, can weigh up to 1360 kilograms. That is the weight of a small car. Their tusks are multi-functional, and they use them for many purposes. They are used to cut through ice, for pulling themselves out of the water and also in defense. Males will fight each other for dominance. Generally, the larger the tusks, the more dominant the male. These teeth can grow up to 1 meter / 3 feet long. Walruses swim in seas with temperatures as low as -35 celsius / -31 Fahrenheit. They can withstand these incredibly low temperatures for two reasons. Firstly, they have thick layers of blubber to insulate them. Secondly, they can slow their heart rate down, which allows them to live comfortably in the Arctic.

You like to discover more about the tremendous Walrus, Odobenus rosmarus, and have a look into Norsk Polar Institute.
This species is considered as vulnerable on the IUCN list.

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2 comments for Walruses Swim In Arctic Sea

  1. Thomas

    Oh, they look fantastic. The walrusses look very curious.

    • Anette Mossbacher

      OH yes, the walrusses swim up close to the zodiac. They are very curious indeed. Thanks so much. 😀

  2. John Watson

    Wow! This is a great walrus photo!

    • Anette Mossbacher

      Thanks so much. 😀 They are very impressive animals of the Arctic, not only with their size.
      Cioa Anette

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