Significance to humans

Indigenous subsistence hunting was done initially to provide food and other materials (e.g. skin for umiak or traditional Eskimo boats, oil for fuel, and tusks for artwork). European hunters took large numbers of walruses for similar reasons, but far in excess of what could reasonably be used. Today walrus meat is eaten little by people but still used to feed dogs. Tusks and bone are still carved for artwork and sold on the world market, but under strict control by international convention.

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