earlier times there was only one breed of walruses.
It developed in different directions as a result of a long
The Atlantic breed (O.r. rosmarus) is found on both sides of
Greenland, between Canada and Greenland and the Barent Sea and
The other breed is spread from the Arctic coast of Alaska, along
the East Siberian coast all the way to the Bering Strait.
former often migrated to Iceland and is mainly spotted of the
northwestern and western coastlines.
In March 1983 and in the nineties it visited the small harbour of
Rif on the Snaefell’s Peninsula.
The walrus is easily recognized by its large fangs, sometimes
called the ivory of the north.
It uses them to pull itself out of the water, to move about on
dry land and to plough the ocean bottom and break the shells it eats.
Inuits have traditionally carved decorative pieces, sometimes of
legendary beings, from the fangs.
The females reach 3 m length and 900 kg and the males 3,8 m and