Odobenus rosmarus

f16 @ 1/1000s, ISO:1000, Nikon D3S w 300mm

"Walrus," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The walrus has played a prominent role in the cultures of many indigenous Arctic peoples, who have hunted the walrus for its meat, fat, skin, tusks, and bone. During the 19th century and the early 20th century, walruses were widely hunted and killed for their blubber, walrus ivory, and meat. The population of walruses dropped rapidly all around the Arctic region. Their population has rebounded somewhat since then, though the populations of Atlantic and Laptev walruses remain fragmented and at low levels compared with the time before human interference.
Smeerenburg, Svalbard, Norway