Walruses are mostly aquatic mammals mentioned briefly in the How to Train Your Dragon Book series.
Walruses (Genus Odobenus) are related to sea lions and seals, which all belong to the Clade Pinnipedia. Walruses are one of the largest pinnipeds, just after elephant seals. Long exploited for their ivory tusks, hide, and blubber, Walruses are now threatened by dwindling sea ice and land from climate change and human activity.
Walruses prefer to stay in shallow areas of the ocean, perching on sea ice to rest, then diving down to feed on the sea floor. They may eat fish, but mostly eat marine invertebrates such as shrimp, crabs, soft coral, clams, and others.
Walruses are only mentioned in the Book series as descriptors.
In actuality, Walruses have been hunted for their tusks, hide, meat, and blubber for hundreds of years, if not longer. In present day, they may be used at aquariums for entertainment purposes. Walruses also figure into the culture and folklore of many indigenous peoples in the Arctic and subarctic.
|“||... and they went whisker to whisker like a couple of furious walruses.||”|
|— Mogadon and Stoick|
|“||Snotlout's granny is a yellow-bellied decrepit old oyster, Snotlout's granny is a barking mad old walrus-head ...||”|
|— Gobber in Book 2|
In Book 4 Gobber himself is compared to a walrus.
|“||Gobber's enormous snores rang out like a walrus calling out to another walrus some fifty icebergs away.||”|
|— Book 4|