male walrus (O. rosmarus)

wild caught in 2008

unknown status ≥ 2018

Ancestors and Descendants

No known related animals at this time.

Transfer History

  1. capture 2008 in Chukotka, Russia

  2. transfer ≤ 2008-Dec to Utrish Marine Station

  3. transfer ≤ 2008-Dec to Aquarium & Marine Zoo Sochi

  4. transfer ≤ 2018-Jan to Weihai Shenyou Sea World

  5. unknown ≥ 2018-Jan at Weihai Shenyou Sea World

Physical Data

The dates listed here generally represent the time at which the measurements were published, not necessarily the date on which they were taken.


  • 2008: 220 lbs · 100 kg

  • 2017-Dec-16: 1,763 lbs · "almost 800 kg"

  • 2017-Dec-23: 1,543 lbs · "about" 700 kg

Daily diet

  • 2008-Dec-08: 24 lbs · 11 kg (herring)

Image Gallery

No images available at this time.

Notes and Information

This walrus was said to have been 7 months old upon transfer to Sochi, and was named via a public contest that ran from December 15th, 2008 to January 16th, 2009.

Gavryusha was planned to be flown to Beijing from Russia on December 25th, 2017, although a source published in 2019 stated that he was transferred "last year". Another source published on February 2nd, 2018 stated that Gavryusha had "recently" completed a 30 day quarantine period following arrival to China. Considering both of these sources, it is possible that Gavryusha's transfer had been postponed a few days.

At this time I have no certain information regarding Gavryusha's current status. The last mention of him that I've been able to find was on February 2nd, 2018, and I have thus far not been able to visually confirm his presence at Weihai beyond that date.


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