Massive Fossil Walrus Skull and Tusks
Odobenus rosmarus divergens
Saint Lawrence Island, Alaska
Recently recorded in the Boone and Crockett Club's Records of North American Big Game, this giant Pacific Walrus skull ranks as fourth largest in the world. Of the top four, only this specimen claims the distinction of being fossilized, giving weight to the claim that this massive set of walrus tusks is the largest fossilized set ever to be recorded. Measuring an impressive 140 total points, with tusks weighing over 13 pounds each, the enormous specimen was discovered buried on the remote shores of St. Lawrence Island, Alaska over forty years ago. When alive this giant among giants would have lived out its life hunting in the Bering Sea. Today, the Pacific Walrus can weigh up to 4,400 pounds and display elongated canines of up to 3 feet. The huge size and pristine condition and completeness of the present specimen make it a significant discovery.