Walrus

Mystery Dog of Alaska.

Variant name: Az-i-wu-gum-ki-mukh-'ti (Inuktitut/Eskimo-Aleut).

P^hysical description: Larger than a bull walrus. Long and slender. Covered with thick, black scales or fur. Long, rounded tail with three edges and several spikes.

Behavior: Said to be dangerous. Cry is a pe

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culiar whistle. Lashes the water with its tail to signal danger. Eats seals and fishes. Watches over walrus herds.

Distribution: Bering Strait coast, Alaska. Sources: Edward William Nelson, "The Eskimo about Bering Strait," Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology 18, pt. 1 (1896-1897): 442-443; Diamond Jenness, "Stray Notes on the Eskimo of Arctic Alaska," Anthropological Papers of the University of Alaska 1, no. 2 (May 1953): 5-13.

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