male walrus (O. rosmarus)

wild caught on July 12th, 1608

deceased in 1608

Ancestors and Descendants

No known related animals.

Transfer History

  1. capture 1608-Jul-12 in Bear Island, Norway

  2. transfer 1608-Aug-20 to Palace of Whitehall

  3. death 1608 in London, England

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Notes and Information

This pup was captured at Cherie Island (now Bear Island) alongside a young female who did not survive the voyage back to England.

I have thus far found two separate accounts of this pup's capture and transport, neither of which state where the pup was permanently housed upon arrival in London, and therefore I have no information on where it died. The only certainty is that the animal was taken to Whitehall Palace and shown to King James I and other dignitaries.

This walrus lived approximately ten weeks once captured.


  • Hamel, J. (1854). England and Russia, p. 307 (J. S. Leigh, trans.). London, England: Richard Bentley. Retrieved from Google Books.

  • Purchas, S. (1625). Chap. XIII. In I. Poole. Purchas His Pilgrimes, p. 560. Retrieved from Global Gateway and Early English Books Online