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Walrus Single Tusk Replica measures 32 inches. Walrus Single Tusk Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA.
The Walrus or Odobenus rosmarus is a large flippered marine mammal with a discontinuous distribution about the North Pole in the Arctic Ocean and subarctic seas of the Northern Hemisphere.
Odobenus rosmarus is the third largest pinniped species, after the two elephant seals. Walruses maintain such a high body weight because of the blubber stored underneath their skin. This blubber keeps them warm and the fat provides energy to the walrus. The walrus’s body shape shares features with both sea lions and seals. The Odobenus rosmarus can turn its rear flippers forward and move on all fours; however, its swimming technique is more like that of true seals, relying less on flippers and more on sinuous whole body movements. It lacks external ears.
The extraocular muscles of the Odobenus rosmarus are well-developed. This and its lack of orbital roof allow it to protrude its eyes and see in both a frontal and dorsal direction. However, vision in this species appears to be more suited for short-range.
The most prominent feature of the Walrus or Odobenus rosmarus is its long tusks. These are elongated canines, which are present in both male and female walruses and can reach a length of 3 ft 3 ins. and weigh up to 12 lbs. Walrus tusks are slightly longer and thicker among males, which use them for fighting, dominance and display; the strongest males with the largest tusks typically dominate social groups. Odobenus rosmarus tusks are also used to form and maintain holes in the ice and aid the walrus in climbing out of water onto ice.
The Walrus has played a prominent role in the cultures of many indigenous Arctic peoples, who have hunted them for its meat, fat, skin, tusks, and bones.