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Atlantic Walrus

HOME RANGE: The Atlantic Walrus is found in Hudson Bay, the waters around Baffin Island and to the east of the Queen Elizabeth Islands, specifically Foxe Basin, Hudson Strait, Baffin Bay and Davis Strait. They can also be found along the coasts of Greenland.

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Atlantic Walrus

Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus

ANIMAL SUMMARY: A mature male Atlantic walrus weighs 1,800-2,000 pounds, with females being considerably smaller. The Atlantic is smaller than the Pacific walrus, with considerably smaller tusks that can attain a maximum length of about 30 inches. The snout of the male is not as square as in the Pacific walrus and the chin is more receding. The nostrils of the Atlantic walrus are visible when viewed from the front, while those of the Pacific walrus are not. They are found in Hudson Bay, the waters around Baffin Island and to the east of the Queen Elizabeth Islands, specifically Foxe Basin, Hudson Strait, Baffin Bay and Davis Strait. They can also be found along the coasts of Greenland. The walrus is the only truly marine mammal that is considered big game. Although native Inuits in Canada and Greenland have always hunted Atlantic walrus for subsistence, there has been little or no opportunity for sport hunting. This has recently changed. Inuit communities in Canada are now allowed to sell walrus permits from their quota to sportsmen, and to guide them on hunts. Unfortunately for American sportsmen, they may not be imported into the U.S. because the USF&WS will not issue import permits. A walrus is not needed for a Super Slam®, but those fortunate enough to have taken one can count it as an auxiliary trophy.

Super Ten®/Super Slam®: Information found here contains excerpts from the on-line and printed version of Safari Club International (SCI) Record Book of Trophy Animals and is used by permission. Visit www.scirecordbook.org.

Atlantic Walrus Species Map

Atlantic Walrus Range in North America: The map above is used by permission from the on-line Safari Club International (SCI) Record Book of Trophy Animals. Visit www.scirecordbook.org.