National Geographic : 1939 Apr
Photograph byCaptain Robert A.Bartlett . . . AND THERE WERE MANY MORSES SLEEPING ON THEICE" So wrote Hudson on his second voyage, referring to the walruses abounding in Arctic waters. Strange and grotesque arethese huge mammals, the"morses" or"sea horses" of early navigators. Though stupid, walruses may be dangerous foes and will charge furiously in defense of their young. Old males weigh 2,000 or3,000 pounds and females about a third less (page 472).