Social interaction is a big part of life for the walrus. They are seen in very large numbers on land or on pieces of ice. There can be thousands of them, and they will be very close to each other. Their skin isn’t sensitive to touch but they do like to be in close proximity to each other. This helps them to prevent body heat from being lost. There are several types of subgroups that will form within a larger group. The larger the body and tusks are of a walrus, the more dominance they have overall. The larger ones get the best spots on land as they will challenge the smaller individuals for that given location. When a walrus breaks a tusk, it can move them significantly down the ladder of the hierarchy, even if they do have a large body mass.
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