Q:

Where do walruses live?

A:

Quick Answer

According to Marine Life at About.com, walruses are primarily located in sub-Arctic and Arctic waters in the Northern Hemisphere. The Atlantic walrus subspecies lives mainly in the water, on rocky coasts, and on ice near Greenland and northeast Canada. The Pacific subspecies calls United States and Russian waters its home. Walruses' depend heavily on sea ice, which they use for giving birth, nursing, shelter, moulting and travel.

Know More
Where do walruses live?
Credit: Gabrielle & Michel Therin-Weise Robert Harding World Imagery Getty Images

Full Answer

As of 2014, there is concern among experts about sea ice melting due to rising global temperatures, which is causing walruses to retreat to coastal areas. The crowded conditions, lack of food and resources and increased predators are a threat to the walruses' way of living, according to Marine Life at About.com.

Walruses follow a carnivorous diet, feeding mainly on creatures on the ocean floor, including clams, mussels, fish, seals and dead whales. They use their whiskers to sense prey, quickly sucking food into their mouths. Marine Life notes that they have two large tusks, and 16 additional teeth.

The average lifespan of a wild walrus is between 20 and 30 years. When it is not breeding season, walruses form gatherings on rocky beach areas, numbering in the several tens of thousands. Male walruses reach sexual maturity by age 7, but they may not mate until they are 15 years old, explains Marine Life.


Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    What adaptations do walruses have?

    A:

    The most prominent adaptations of walruses are their tusks, which they use for many purposes. Other adaptations include sensitive whiskers, which help them locate food, and the blubber under their thick skins, which provides energy and protects them against the arctic cold.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do walruses stay warm in ice-cold water?

    A:

    Walruses have several important features that allow them to retain body heat and mitigate the effects of cold water. Their bodies are designed with minimal surface exposures, which traps body heat and prevents cold water from penetrating. Walruses' in-water circulation also helps them retain body heat.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What climates do dolphins live in?

    A:

    Forty species of dolphins live in varied climates, from the arctic, which is inhabited by killer whales, to the Caribbean, which is preferred by bottlenose dolphins. Even the Amazon River basin is home to several dolphins, including the endangered finless porpoise, according to Whale Facts.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What seas do dolphins live in?

    A:

    Dolphins are found in seas and oceans all over the world. They typically live in shallower waters along the continental shelves, but this isn't always the case. According to Sea World, dolphins can be found in seas including, but not limited to, the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and Red Sea. Additionally, the dolphin can be found in all the world's oceans.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore