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Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "Exceptional Large Rowland Ward Specimen of a Pacific Arctic Walrus Skull Complete with Tusks"
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Mounted on an Oak Shield with the Roland Ward ‘Gallery Label’ to the reverse, used 1891 - 1926 (mostly used 1900 - 1914)
Old inventory number to reverse: ‘5253’
Size: walrus: 70cm long - 27 ins long
shield and walrus: 81cm high, 32cm wide - 32 ins high, 12½ ins wide
An agile and expert swimmer in spite of its great bulk it often cruises leisurely with slow alternate strokes of its hind flippers. The walrus uses its tusks to hoist itself upon the ice, in defence, to prod its neighbours and to gather clams and other shellfish. The walrus, when hungry, will dive to the sea bottom, stand on its head and move slowly backward using its tusks and stiff cheek bristles to loosen shellfish from the sand. The literal meaning of their scientific name ‘Odobenidae’ is ‘those that walk with their teeth’.