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Walrus Behavior


Walruses are social animals, gathering in large herds. These herds can reach more than 2,000 individuals. Walruses can't move well on land, but they are great swimmers and can dive deep into the ocean. The walrus doesn't have good vision, but it does have good senses of hearing and smell. Its whiskers are also highly sensitive and help the walrus locate its prey. Walruses eat clams, crabs, krill, worms and snails. The walrus uses its tusks to protect itself from predators and to break breathing holes in the ice. Walruses have two natural predators: the polar bear and the orca. Male walruses will often fight for dominance.