Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus)
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandUsually found in Arctic waters but individuals have been found in the North Sea, the west coast of Ireland and one record exists for the Firth of Clyde, Scotland.
HabitatThe walrus is found in shallow water and coastal habitats, on sandy beaches and rocky shores.
- Large, bulky body up to 3.6 m in length.
- Broad muzzle with long whiskers at the front.
- Two large tusks up to 1 m in length.
- Thick and creased skin.
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Last Updated: 02/06/2008