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 this high regard. The Walrus is a fascinating creature in its physical appearance, habits, and even in how it became an integral force in the mythology and culture of the surrounding communities, who hunted the walrus because of its meat, fat, tusks, and bone. Visitors expecting to catch a glimpse of these animals will be well rewarded – after all, with their size, they are pretty difficult to miss!
Undoubtedly one of the most fascinating qualities you’ll note about the Walrus during your polar holidays is the giant creatures’ tusks. Believe it or not, these elongated canines can attain lengths of up to one metre in both males and females – even though you may not be able to get close enough to measure them from tip to gum! The tusks are usually larger among men, where they’re used for fighting and dominance displays. Whatever the sex of Walrus, though, their tusks come in useful in their everyday life – like to make holes in icehockey, 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. Luckily, however, the Walrus isn’t 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 initially formed from the tears of the weeping girl. However, the Walrus has also featured in more modern stories throughout the world – those two distinctive tusks making them an instantly recognizable creature, whether on polar vacations or in the pages of an illustrated children’s book. Among the greatest examples is from Lewis Carrol’s poem,’The Walrus and the Carpenter’, which appeared in his seminal’Through the Looking-Glass’, in 1871.