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6 Amazing Facts About Walruses

 

 

 

 

 

This is a link to an old page – and you may quibble with the term “amazing” – but there are indeed a good sized amount of walrus facts on the page below. Here’s a sample

In water, walruses can reach 35 km (22 mi) per hour, but they swim with a medium speed of 7 km (4 mi) per hour. Walruses do not go further than 30 km (19 mi) off the coast. Propelling is ensured by rear limbs, while the front limbs work like rudders.

Here’s the link to the full page (beware the underlined blue terms, they spawn ads):
http://news.softpedia.com/news/6-Amazing-Facts-About-Walruses-72981.shtml

Robot Walruses On Display… Well, not really…

This exchange was posted on the Not Always Right blog

(I work in the walrus exhibit at the park answering questions about the animals. One of our four walruses has metal caps on her teeth because she scrapes them on the ground constantly.)

Guest: “Hey, I have a question about the walrus with the metal teeth.”

Me: “Ah, yes. That is an interesting story! See, she–”

Guest: “So, why is that walrus a robot?”

Me: “Sorry, what? A robot?”

Guest: “Yeah, that’s the only one with metal teeth. You can tell it is a robot. Why would you put a robot walrus in with the real ones? Or are they all robots?”

Yeeaaah….  Not Always Right (from the saying “The Customer is NOT Always Right) is a humor blog collected anecdotes from the world of customer service.

All the Walruses that are fit to print

This doesn’t count as a “real” post – but I just did a search for “Walrus” on www.nytimes.com, just out of curiosity, and got this great results page.

See the results yourself, at this link to the search…

Lots of good reading here, and some post material as well, I’m sure. As some of you may know, it was an article in the New York Times that essentially inspired me to create this site. I posted about that one, here.

Adults Only! Walrus babies the goal of new scientific research

Photo: Karen T Borchers, San Jose Mercury News

The folks at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, CA are trying to breed walruses. This is a challenge. Why? Well, according to marine mammal reproductive physiologist Holley Muraco….

The love lives of Pacific Walruses have long been shrouded in secrecy. They mate underwater, at remote, vast and icy habitats, during the Arctic Circle’s longest and darkest nights.

And there is growing concern for their survival because sea ice is melting. Zoos don’t want to collect from these perilous wild populations, and seek instead to increase the genetic diversity of their captive populations.

In the eight decades that walruses have been kept captive, only 11 babies have been born; of those, merely six survived. Fewer than 20 now exist in American zoos, and many are aging, Muraco said.

An then it gets… interesting… So if you’re in the mood to break up your day reading about the R&D process behind manufacturing a walrus sex-toy that allows for some REALLY impressive girth… Like I said – this one’s not for the kids!

Here’s the link to the full article on the Mercury News Site which includes a nice photo gallery:
http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_16991027

Little Walrus Warning

This delightful little book is from the Smithsonian’s “Oceanic Collection”. There are books for all kinds of species like green sea turtles, etc. My girlfriend’s very young niece apparently saw this book at the Smithsonian gift shop, or some bookstore (they live in Northern VA) and though of me, since she knew I lied walruses. This book showed up out of the blue. It’s a small little book directed at kids, but it was perfect for my son’s first book report. It tells the story of Little Walrus, and how he makes his last trip with his mother before taking his own place in the herd. It’s a fun little book for a young child who is just learning to appreciate the walrus!

Here’s the link to the book on Amazon – throw it in with your next purchase: http://amzn.com/1568992726

Fun Walrus Illustration by Alexei Vella

I really like this walrus illustration by Canadian illustrator Alexei Vella. This would make a great shirt or small framed print. Just thought I’d share it with all of you!

Alexei Vella specializes in creating images that are both striking and complex, sensual yet undeniably intellectually involving. In order to achieve this unique look, Vella employs a complex colour palette, an eclectic application of graphics and texture, and a sophisticated use of antiquated surfaces.

Visit Alexei’s website to see more colorful illustration work.
http://www.alexeivella.com

Origami Walrus: Why not?

OK, you know how people say you can find ANYTHING on the internet? I keep coming up with wacky web searches to find material for the blog and today we have the next installment – how to fold an origami walrus!

Origami Walrus by DonyaQuick on DeviantArt

http://donyaquick.deviantart.com/art/Origami-Walrus-Instructions-128087160
Thanks to Donya Quick on DeviantArt.

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