From our WILD Classes
— Hilson Avenue Public School, Ottawa — Grade 6
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The Atlantic Walrus is a large animal with very long tusks that live mostly in cold waters. Atlantic Walrus use their tusks for a lot of things. They plant their tusks into the ice and drag themselves up to get out of the water. They use their tusks to fight other walruses over females. And they also use them as a defence against Polar Bears and Killer Whales.
The Walrus finds food by messing up the dust on the seafloor with its long whiskers and its tusks. This takes off the top layer of dust, exposing the clams and other small aquatic animals that burrow into the sea floor. It then squeezes them out of their shells with its thick lips while holding them in its flippers. It then swallows the flesh inside it.
Walrus blubber is very thick, at 15 centimetres thick, plus their skin is 10 cm thick. That’s how they can stay in water for several days at a time! However, they have to lie in the sun all the time to soak up energy into their skin so they have more power.