Play Me Another, Pacific Walrus

Known for their giant tusks, whiskers, and hybrid land/sea physique, Pacific Walruses summer North of the Bering Straight and may travel as far South as Alaska to spend their Winters. Over 30,000 years ago, Pacific Walruses spent their Winters in the San Fransisco Bay area. The SF Giants could be named after these strong and sturdy sea mammals which have tusks as long as 2 feet.  

Male walruses inflate air sacs in their throats so that they can float while they sing to woo potential mates. Just imagine treading water and singing How Deep is Your Love by the Bee Gees. Speaking of deep, Walruses can dive over 200 feet, holding their breath for up to 10 minutes.

The walruses’ inflatable air sacs also allow them to sleep in water, serving as a floatation device. Literally, they inflate into an air bed. 

Join the Brigade and help us to ensure that these symphonic sea creatures keep on singing and sleeping for generations to come. 

Pacific Walrus and her cub. Image curtesy of USGS/Chad Jay

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