Gigantic Walrus Is Twice The Size of This Polar Bear

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Published: March 1, 2024

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The polar bear is easily an animal to be impressed with. Of the eight species of bears, the polar bear is the largest bear species in the entire world. And while they are impressive for their size and hunting abilities, we have to remember that doesn’t mean they are bigger than the prey they are hunting. Let’s see this polar bear in the video above try to grab a meal that is over twice the size he is. 

Polar Bear Hunting for Large Meal

The short YouTube video clip shown at the beginning of the blog post takes us up north, where the polar bear lives. Polar bears can be found living in North America, Europe, and Eurasia. The Remarkable Animals YouTube channel shared this video and added their educational commentary to it. The page shares videos of animals in the wild, such as killer whales, dolphins, sharks, lizards, and whales. 

Walrus Fights Back Against Predator

At the start of the video above, we see a hungry polar bear searching for any food that he can find. Polar bears are carnivores that eat various prey such as birds, fish, and even berries. However, this time, he is searching for something that will fill him up and give him the sustenance that he needs. So, he is looking for a seal or a walrus that will give him this full meal experience. 

Just up ahead is a gigantic walrus that is alone. He is cut off from the protection of his herd. The narrator shares that a dead walrus or one who is injured makes for easy prey for the polar bear. As we can see, once the walrus gets up, it is clear that this bear has his work cut out for him. Taking one down would be no easy task. 

Sometimes, polar bears will even charge into walrus herds to try and grab a walrus. However, this is particularly dangerous because of their tusks. According to Seaworld, a walrus tusks can grow for longer than 15 years! “Tusks can grow to a length of 100 cm (39 in.) in males and 80 cm (31.5 in.) in females.” But, the tusks are only one small part. Let’s see just how big a walrus really is.

How Big Are Walruses? 


The walrus can live up to 40 years in the wild.

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Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) of the family Odobenidae are massive mammals. According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, male walruses can weigh upwards of two tons (4,409 pounds) and reach up to 12 feet long. Male polar bears reach over 1,300 pounds and are up to eight feet long. We can clearly see that the walrus is definitely larger than their predator, the polar bear. 

Not only do the walrus have their size and their long tusks to defend themselves, but they also have speed. One might think that, given their size, they wouldn’t be able to move fast. However, they are able to get over speeds of 20 miles per hour. This ensures yet another obstacle that predators have to overcome should they want walrus for dinner. 

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Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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