female Pacific walrus (O. r. divergens)

wild caught in 1981

deceased ≤ 1994

Ancestors and Descendants

unnamed (birth ≤ 1994)

Transfer History

  1. capture 1981 in Alaska

  2. transfer 1981 to Alaska Zoo

  3. transfer 1981-Nov to Marineland of the Pacific

  4. transfer 1987 to SeaWorld Orlando

  5. transfer 1988-Apr-21 to Point Defiance Zoo

  6. transfer 1992-Apr-02 to SeaWorld Orlando

  7. death ≤ 1994 to SeaWorld Orlando

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.


  • 1981-Nov-13: 215 lb

Image Gallery

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Notes and Information

It's highly likely that this walrus was originally called Georgie (or Georgi) Girl and renamed Gwen at some point following 1988; presuming this places Georgie Girl's death in 1993 or 1994 as this is when Gwen passed.

The 2018 studbook lists Gwen as having been transferred to Marineland in November of 1981, which I have been able to verify, although another source erroneously states that she was transferred to the park in 1983.

Most sources suggest that Gwen was transferred directly to SeaWorld Orlando from Marineland, although the 2018 studbook states a 1987 transfer to SeaWorld San Diego, which follows published information stating that Marineland's entire herd of walruses were transferred to the park.

Gwen was originally meant to be housed at Marineland only on a temporary basis while the Anchorage Zoo constructed an exhibit for her.


  • 2018-Jan-08. Lisa Oland. AZA Regional Studbook.

  • 2005-Apr-25. Jodie Baker. 2004 North American Regional Walrus Studbook.

  • 1981-Nov-13. Reno Gazette-Journal. Feeding time. Retrieved from