[Du., from Scand., the whale-horse.]

Walrus 189

A large polar animal allied to the seal - also named Morse. Two of its upper teeth are prolonged into huge tusks, which measure from one to two feet, and weigh nearly five pounds. It is one of the largest animals of the frozen regions. It sometimes measures eighteen feet in length, and weighs a ton. It is hunted for the blubber or fat that encases its flesh, which yields oil, and for its ivory tusks. Like the seal, it is a very clumsy animal on land or ice, and it is always found near open water. All it wants is a comfortable spot to lie on, the sea being its refuge in times of danger. The walrus is caught by means of a barbed spear or harpoon, which is suddenly thrust into its body by the native hunter, who has crawled slowly and silently within striking distance.