Pacific walrus needs protection

The pacific walrus is a distant cousin to the bear .It is one of the largest living sea mammals weighing in 4,400 lb (1,996 kg) at While isolated Pacific males , most weigh between 1,760 lb (798 kg) and 4,000 lb (1,814 kg). Females weigh about two thirds as much as males.

Young walruses are deep brown and grow paler and more cinnamon colored as they age. Old males, in particular, become nearly pink. Because the blood vessels in the skin constrict in cold water, the walrus can appear almost white when swimming. Males also acquire significant nodules, called bosses, particularly around the neck and shoulders.

The walrus has an air sac under its throat which acts like a flotation bubble and allows the walrus to bob vertically in the water and sleep.
The walrus prefers shallow shelf regions and forages on the sea bottom down to 80 m (262 ft). It can remain submerged for 1/2 of an hour. The walrus feeds on more than 60 kinds of marine organisms including shrimps, crabs, tube worms, soft corals, tunicates, sea cucumbers, various mollusks especially clams it forages by grazing along the sea bottom.  Sweeps over the sea floor using its sensitive vibrissae or whiskers to clear the murky bottoms with jets of water and its flipper. The walrus  holds the clam tightly with its lips. Then it drills its tongue into the shell with rapid piston-motion creating a vacuum. Then the walrus sucks the meat out. Other foods the walrus eat are seal in the Pacific and seabirds. Besides foraging for food the walrus the disturbance to the ocean floor it causes the release of nutrients into the water column, encouraging mixing and movement of many.

Stop walrus massive hunts!
While walrus hunts are regulated by resource managers in Russia, the U.S., Canada and Denmark and representatives of the respective walrus hunting communities an estimated four to seven thousand Pacific Walruses are harvested in Alaska and Russia, including a significant portion (approx. 42%) of struck and lost animals. Several hundred are removed annually around Greenland.

The majority of the Pacific Walrus population spends the summer north of the Bering Strait in the Chukchi Sea along the north shore of eastern Siberia, around Wrangel Island, in the Beaufort Sea along the north shore of Alaska, and in the waters between those locations. Smaller numbers of males summer in the Gulf of Anadyr on the south shore of the Chukchi Peninsula of Siberia and in Bristol Bay off the south shore of southern Alaska west of the Alaska Peninsula. In the spring and fall they congregate throughout the Bering Strait, reaching from the west shores of Alaska to the Gulf of Anadyr. They winter to the south in the Bering Sea along the eastern shore of Siberia south to the northern part of the Kamchatka Peninsula, and along the southern shore of Alaska.

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A 28,000 year old fossil walrus specimen was dredged out of the San Francisco Bay, indicating that the Pacific Walrus ranged as far south as Northern California during the last ice agePlease support my mates at the Endangered Species Coalition who are working to save us from global warming.

Walrus distribution map

The Pacific walrus needs to be listed as an endangered species.

Please sign the petition to list the walrus as endangered.

Twww.StopExtinction.org

Resources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Walross_paar.jpg
map http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Odobenus_rosmarus_distribution.png
https://www.givengain.com/cgi%2Dbin/giga.cgi?cmd=donate&cause_id=1704

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