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Walruses

 

Walruses usually have 16 flat teeth for cracking open hard, tasty treats like clams. But it’s their extra pair of tremendous tusks that really stand out since they grow up to 39 in. (100 cm) long! Walruses use their tusks like a shovel to dig up clams hidden under sand or as an ice pick to haul their bulky bodies out of water and onto land. In the past, people hunted walruses almost to extinction for their ivory tusks. Today, they face threats from pollution and loss of Arctic ice, which is melting away at an alarming rate.