Seaworld had launched a search for the perfect name for their new baby walrus. Born this past June, the baby was born in captivity to Garfield and Kaboodle of Seaworld. The baby walrus already weighs 180 pounds and eats six liters of formula per day.
Seaworld had settled on three names for the public to choose from, based on the baby walrus in question: Ginger, Gabi, and Umma. The name Ginger is because the baby is a redhead. Gabi is because she is a talker and speaks her mind frequently through sounds and actions. Umma is the Inuit word for hope, which the Pacific walrus truly needs.
The public was asked to choose from among the names and vote for their favorite on Seaworld’s website. The baby’s new name was announced on Facebook Live on Seaworld’s page on Monday, August 14th. The name chosen is Ginger, and it fits her perfectly.
Pacific walruses like Ginger are found in the North Pacific Ocean and in Arctic waters from the East Siberian Sea to the western Beaufort Sea, as well as the Laptev Sea. There are only about 200,000 in existence. Substantial amounts of commercial hunting of walruses have led to low numbers in the population.
According to the National Geographic, only Native Americans are allowed to hunt walruses in certain areas at the present time because they are have been overhunted. Both types of walruses, the Pacific walrus like Ginger and the Atlantic walrus are endangered and must be protected.
The birth of Ginger is a very important addition to the Pacific walrus population. She is already a part of the Central Florida community and is thriving in her home at Seaworld.