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The walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) is a large marine mammal, found along the coast of the Arctic Ocean. The walrus is a member of the suborder Pinnipedia and it is the only living species of the family Odobenidae. Other members of the Pinnipedia suborder include the eared seals (sea lions and fur seals) and the earless seals (true seals). Walrus subspecies include the Pacific walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) and the Atlantic walrus (Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus). Male walruses can reach weights of 2,0003,000 pounds and grow up to 12 feet in length. Females are a little smaller. Walruses have large round bodies and large tusks, which grow continuously and may exceed 39 inches in length. Walruses lack external ears. A thick layer of fat insulates the walrus against the cold Arctic waters. For many years people hunted the walrus for its meat, skin, fat, tusks and bone. Fortunately, today's walrus population doesn't present risks of extinction.

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