Friday, August 17, 2007



The moustached and long-tusked walrus is most often found near the Arctic Circle, lying on the ice with hundreds of companions. These marine mammals are extremely sociable, prone to loudly bellowing and snorting at one another, but are aggressive during mating season.

Walruses use their long tusks for a variety of reasons, each of which makes their lives in the Arctic a bit easier. They use them to haul their enormous bodies out of frigid waters and to break breathing holes into ice from below. Their tusks, which are found on both males and females, can extend to about three feet and are, in fact, large canine teeth, which grow throughout their lives. Male walruses, or bulls, also employ their tusks aggressively to maintain territory and, during mating season, to protect their harems of females, or cows.

Partially funded by The National Geographic Society, the movie has amazing close-ups of wild animals and incredible underwater photography. The narration comes across more as a story-telling session rather than the more staid informative narration generally used in other documentaries. To keep it “family-friendly” there are no gory scenes nor anything particularly disturbing.

There are quite a few amusing moments (both visual and from the comments) along with a lot of interesting facts including those offered by the kids during the end credits.


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