Earth’s Treasure Chest
Wildlife Mural Mosaic

Maria Buehl


The Pacific Walrus

Artist Comments: In the Bering and Chukchi Seas about 200,000 Pacific walrus exist. The walrus males weigh between 800-1700kg and females between 400-1250 kg. Walrus are large reddish-brown skinned mammals with 3 ft ivory tusks and snouts with 400-700 whiskers on them. Thick layers of blubber help to insulate the walrus from winter temperatures. The tusks are used by the walrus to anchor themselves on the ocean bottom as they dig for clams, snails, mussels, shrimp, crab and other kinds of invertebrates found on the sea bed. They usually rest in large congregations on land or ice where they take rest and give birth to their young. Females give birth to a single calf every two to three years. Reproduction rates are therefore low making the walrus population vulnerable to depletion. Walrus have three natural enemies: humans, orcas and polar bears