walrus (O. rosmarus)

wild caught 1612

unknown status 1612

Ancestors and Descendants

No known related animals.

Transfer History

  1. capture 1612 in Novaya Zemlya, Russia

  2. transfer 1612 to Holland

  3. unknown 1612 in Holland

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.

Daily diet

  • 1612: "a mash of oatmeal or millet"

Image Gallery

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Notes and Information

This walrus was captured alive with its mother, and arrived in the Netherlands at an estimated age of ten weeks.

It was erroneously said in the book No Man's Land to have arrived in Holland in 1613.


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