Horrific Fact About Walruses Eating Their Prey Will Change Your Thought About This Oceanic Species

If you're a fan of the cartoon character Wally Walrus or Flynn, the sea elephant in the series Ice Age, you might think of walruses as cute and friendly. Yet, these sea monsters actually have some mind-boggling facts that make hairs on the back of your neck stand.

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On the subreddit Today I Learned (TIL, r/todayilearned), Redditor u/SummerAndTinkles revealed that walruses could consume nutrition from their prey, such as birds and seals, by using their big and strong sucking mouthparts to strip the meat off the animals.

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In fact, walruses don't feed only on fish. With a diverse and opportunistic diet, their meals can consist of shrimp, crabs, tube worms, soft corals, tunicates, sea cucumbers, various mollusks (such as snails, octopuses, and squid), some types of slow-moving fish, and even parts of other pinnipeds.

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A walrus sucks the meat out by sealing its powerful lips to the organism and withdrawing its piston-like tongue rapidly into its mouth, creating a vacuum. It sure isn't an appealing scene to watch.

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Due to its great size and tusks, the walrus has only two natural predators: the orca and the polar bear. Above all, humans are the most dangerous threat to their existence. During the 19th century and the early 20th century, walruses were widely hunted for their blubber, walrus ivory, and meat.

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They are now marked as Vulnerable Species by IUCN Red List.

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Here are several feedbacks from other Redditors:

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