Virtual museum of Canada
Collections from Storage: A Visit to our Hidden Treasures

Collections of skeletons help us to better understand the structure of animals and their evolution. The bones are often the only things that remain to bear witness to species that have disappeared. Just think how hard it would be to study dinosaurs without their skeletons!

The shape of the cranium and the position of the jaw indicate that it is a mammal. The long ivory tusks also confirm that it is a Walrus. These tusks were used for fighting, for climbing onto the ice and even for breaking the ice.

The Atlantic Walrus lives in the frigid waters of the Arctic Ocean, the Bering Sea, James Bay and the coast of Labrador. Formerly abundant in the Gulf of the St. Lawrence River and the Maritimes, they were hunted to extinction by intensive hunting at the end of the 18th century.

This specimen, acquired at the Museum in 1917-1918, comes from Les Escoumins, in Quebec.

Skull of a walrus with two long tusks.

Credits : Musée de la nature et des sciences, Sherbrooke

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