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The New York Times Article That Pushed Me Over The Edge

Ted S. Warren/Associated Press
Ted S. Warren/Associated Press

As I mentioned in the first post, I have long had a latent interest in Walruses. Last year, an article appeared in the New York Times about one writer’s encounter with a walrus. After reading the article, I decided that I had more than just a passing interest in the beasts myself. It’s a good read.

This is by far my favorite quote from the article.

“Just push back on the snout with the palm of your hand and blow in its face,” Dr. Schusterman instructed. “A walrus really likes to be blown in the face.”

Here’s a link to the full article:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/20/science/20walrus.html

3 thoughts on “The New York Times Article That Pushed Me Over The Edge

  1. Thank you for sharing this. Amazing….I so hope to one day meet a walrus and maybe even touch one…I wish they were safe enough to hug, too (but I know better, realistically speaking!).

    The quote that made me feel good was: “Pinnipeds are thought to be descendants of bear-like terrestrial ancestors that, around 30 million years ago, turned amphibious to better exploit marine prey.”

    So maybe they DO indeed have a common caniform ancestor! My two favorite animals linked together! 😀

    So what about this article pushed you “over the edge”? Did you feel a stronger desire to meet a walrus in person?

    (I apologize if I’m annoying you with all these comments….I’m going back in your archives and spotting too many awesome entries. 🙂 ).

    • It was the fact that you could calm a walrus down by pressing on his snout and blowing in his face. This specific fact sealed it, and I was a walrus-man from then on out.

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