An­i­mal of the week

The Week - Junior - - Animals And The Environment -

A herd of wal­ruses re­cently over­ran a small Alaskan vil­lage, and sci­en­tists have no idea why. Res­i­dents of Port Hei­den spot the ma­rine mam­mals in the wa­ter oc­ca­sion­ally, but were sur­prised to dis­cover more than 1,000 of them bask­ing on the beach.

LIFE­SPAN IN THE WILD: Up to 40 years.

HABI­TAT: Shal­low ice-shelf ar­eas, sandy beaches and rocky shores in parts of the Arc­tic and sub-Arc­tic.

DIET: De­spite their size, these large an­i­mals feed on small in­ver­te­brates such as clams, shrimps and oc­to­pus.

FUN FACT: Wal­rus are fa­mous for their tusks, which are in fact ca­nine teeth that can grow up to a me­tre long.


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