What’s the difference between walruses and seals? Both animals are expert swimmers and hunters. Both live in cold waters and both have thick layers of blubber to keep them warm. Walruses are bigger than most seals and they have tusks.
The tusks are actually long, sharp teeth that can grow 3 feet long. Both males and females have them. Walruses use their tusks to pull their big bodies out of the water onto ice. Sometimes they use them to catch prey or to poke air holes in the ice.
Fun Facts about Walruses for Kids
- Walruses gather on beaches by the hundreds. They grunt and bellow at each other. During mating season, male walruses aren’t so friendly. They fight with each other for mates.
- Walruses use their whiskers to find shellfish on the ocean floor.
- Walruses live in cold Arctic areas.
- Walruses spend most of their life in the water.
- They rest and have babies on ice chunks floating in the ocean. Sometimes they rest on land when no ice is available.
- Blubber: fat
- Tusks: long, horn-like teeth
- Bellow: loud yell
- Whisker: bristly hairs around the mouth
Learn More All About Walruses
Watch this fun but educational video about the walrus:
A cute video about a walrus exercising with a trainer.
Question: Are walruses good mothers?
Answer: Yes, walrus mothers take good care of their babies and sometimes even help each other with parenting jobs.
Question: When do babies grow whiskers?
Answer: Babies are born with a whiskery mustache.