Walrus at SeaWorld San Diego

Walruses

The Wild Arctic Exhibit will close at 5:00PM

Walruses inhabit the Arctic Sea, both Pacific and Atlantic. Most walruses live where the air temperature is about 5° to 41°F. They are very distinctive having a large body that is usually reddish-brown in color. On their head region, walruses lack external ear flaps, have hundreds of short, vibrissae (whiskers) and possess large tusks. They feed mostly on clams, but also enjoy sea snails, sea cucumbers, squids and crabs.

Walruses are one of the largest members of the pinniped family which include all seals, sea lions and walruses. Climate conditions in recent years have impacted the ice conditions that walruses use to haul out. Scientists are concerned this could negatively impact walrus populations.

Get Even Closer With An Animal Encounter

  • SeaWorld San Diego Walrus Encounter

    Walrus Encounter

    Join us on our Walrus Encounter and come face-to-whiskers with our fabulous, flippered friend – the walrus.
    During this encounter, you and your family will be spending time with one of our amazing walruses at Wild Arctic.

    • All guests unvaccinated for COVID19 (including children under 12) must wear a face covering during this tour 
    • Opportunity to have your picture taken while interacting with a walrus
    • Learn more about our walruses and their unique personalities
    • Learn how our animal team takes care of these amazing mammals

    Admission to SeaWorld is required and not included. Guests under 3 years of age are free and do not require a reservation. All guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult. Groups will be combined for encounter with a maximum of 8 guests (group size based on limited space in back exhibit area). Program times, prices, components and animal participation are subject to change. Cancellations with less than 48 hours’ notice are nonrefundable.

    Prices Starting at
    Guest $65.00 /ea.

Meet the Walruses

SeaWorld San Diego Walrus Chou Chou

Chou Chou

Chou Chou

Chou Chou is a 10-year-old female Pacific walrus who joined the SeaWorld walrus huddle in 2016, after being transferred from a zoological facility in Japan. Chou Chou is currently participating in a research study to help scientists learn more about walruses’ hearing threshold. She chooses between cuddling with Uq Uq or Dozer overnight, and many times she does not want to get out of “bed” for breakfast.
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SeaWorld San Diego Walrus Dozer

Dozer

Dozer

Dozer is the largest walrus at SeaWorld San Diego and one of only two breeding males in North America. He is easily recognizable at 3,600 lbs. and with a full set of tusks! He was born here in 1993, but has spent time at all three SeaWorld parks. Dozer is a favorite among the trainers because of his gentle personality and rugged good looks!
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SeaWorld San Diego Walrus Basa

Basa

Basa

Basa is our oldest walrus at 37 years old. She joined us in 2019 from our partners at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and immediately fit right in with our huddle. Basa uses her sensitive vibrissae to navigate around her environment and even uses them to recognize specific shapes during training sessions. We find that she chooses to sleep extra late at least once a week to catch some z’s and to have more snuggle time with her friend, Kulu.
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SeaWorld San Diego Walrus Kulu

Kulu

Kulu

Kulu is a 1,300 pound, 26-year-old female. She joined SeaWorld’s walrus huddle in 2019 along with her companion Basa from Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington. Kulu can often be seen swimming under the waterfalls in the exhibit, letting the water splash in her vibrissae.
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SeaWorld San Diego Walrus Mitik

Mitik

Mitik

SeaWorld San Diego is currently home to a walrus named Mitik who was rescued in 2021. Stranded as a pup, Mitik was cared for by our Wild Arctic staff and is now almost fully grown and weighs 2100 lbs.
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