When vacationers arrive on their polar vacations expecting to find a myriad distinct creatures, among the animals that necessarily makes the’top three’ list is the Walrus – and though it might seem difficult to believe without seeing these impressive animals in the flesh, there are loads of reasons for such high esteem. Visitors hoping to catch a glimpse of these animals will be well rewarded – after all, with their size, they’re pretty hard to miss!
Undoubtedly one of the most fascinating qualities you’ll note about the Walrus throughout your polar vacations is the giant creatures’ tusks. Believe it or not, these elongated canines can reach lengths of up to one metre in both females and males – even though you might not be able to get close enough to measure them from tip to gum! The tusks are usually larger among males, where they’re used for fighting and dominance displays. Whatever the gender of Walrus, though, their tusks come in useful in their everyday life – such as to help make holes in ice, or to assist in dragging prey out from the sea and onto a solid surface.
Predators and Prey
It only needs to worry about two creatures hungry for a Walrus bite – the Orca, and the Polar Bear. Fortunately, however, the Walrus is not a huge part of either predator’s diet, meaning that there are always plenty around to see on your polar vacations.
Myth and Legend
The Walrus features prominently in the faith and folklore of many Arctic communities. According to legend, the tusks were originally formed from the tears of the weeping girl. However, the Walrus has also featured in more contemporary stories across the world – those two distinctive tusks making them an instantly familiar creature, whether on polar vacations or in the pages of an illustrated children’s book. One of the most significant examples is from Lewis Carrol’s poem,’The Walrus and the Carpenter’, which appeared in his seminal’Throughout the Looking-Glass’, in 1871.