Pacific walrus (O. rosmarus)
wild caught in 1973
deceased ≤ 1974
Ancestors and Descendants
No known related animals.
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Notes and Information
This walrus was part of a herd of 12 imported to SeaWorld San Diego in 1973, claimed to be "the largest capture of walruses in history" of the time by park curator Ed Asper. These pups were intended to stock exhibits at SeaWorld San Diego and SeaWorld Orlando.
Although I do not have specific dates, it was reported by the US Fish & Wildlife Service in August of 1974 that all 12 of these walruses had passed away due to "dietary problems".
1973-Jun-21. US Fish & Wildlife Service. Administration and Status Report of Marine Mammals, p. 1. Retrieved from FWS.gov.
1973-May-20. The Orlando Sentinel. Waldrus Pups At New Home. Retrieved from Newspapers.com.
1974-Aug. US Fish & Wildlife Service. Administration and Status Report of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, p. 2. Retrieved from FWS.gov.