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Walrus
Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus).

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The walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) is a large marine mammal in the family Odobenidae found in the Arctic seas. Two subspecies are distinguished, the Atlantic and the Pacific walruses, both displaying distinctive tusks, which in male individuals can grow to about 3 ft (1 m) in length.

Walruses are gregarious animals living in large colonies. Their estimated lifespan in the wild varies, according to sources, from between twenty and thirty years to over forty.

The caption reads in the original French: Morse ou cheval marin.

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