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Svalbard and Jan Mayen
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Arctic Heavyweights: Walruses Svalbard  Svalbard and Jan Mayen

Arctic Heavyweights: Walruses

It’s only in the northerly waters of the Arctic Circle that travelers can encounter wild walruses. The enormous heft of these animals can only really be appreciated in person; a male walrus can weigh more than 3,000 pounds, twice the weight of a male polar bear. Though their enormous bulk, thick layer of blubber, and long unwieldy tusks can make their movement on land seem ungainly, they can cover ground surprisingly quickly. In fact, though they feed mainly on mollusks and fish, it’s important for tour groups to keep a reasonable distance from walruses.

To maximize encounters with wildlife, all Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Arctic itineraries are led by trained naturalists and marine biologists.