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ANIMAL INVESTIGATORS, How the World's First Wildlife Forensics Lab Is Solving Crimes and Saving Endangered Species
By Laurel A. Neme, PhD

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Walrus: Did You Know...
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Fun Facts About Walrus

Here you'll find a variety of fun and interesting facts about rare and endangered animals. We hope you enjoy learning about them and sharing it with your friends. It is through awareness and education that each of us can make a difference. Please visit my Take Action! page for information on what you can do to help wildlife.



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Walruses sound like church bells.  They make a variety of noises from snores, roars and snorts to whistles, teeth clacking, knocking and bell-like tones.
 
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Walruses change color from muddy brown to pinkish cinnamon.  That’s because of their circulatory systems, which help them adjust to the surrounding temperatures.  When warmer, their blood vessels expand to move blood to their blubber and skin so that the air and water can cool them.  This makes them pinker.  When colder, the opposite happens.  Their blood vessels constrict to reduce the flow to their skin and blubber.  This saves body heat and turns them browner.
 
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The only natural predators for walruses are polar bears, orcas and humans.
 
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The scientific name for walrus, Odobenus rosmarus, means “toothwalkers.”
 
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Walrus can stay underwater for up to 30 minutes.
 
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Walrus have extra blood to carry oxygen.  A walrus’s blood makes up about 12 percent of their weight, compared to seven percent in humans.
 
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