Walrus dad still a self-lover

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The eyes of the world — well, at least the walrus-loving world — were on the New York Aquarium last week, where the new baby walrus made his debut.

But my eyes were on Ayveq, the Coney Island institution’s famously self-satisfying sea beast.

Readers of this column know that I have a long-established affection for Ayveq and his prodigious proclivities. So when I heard that Ayveq was the father of the new walrus calf — and that he had mated with his formerly frigid gal pal, Kulu — I rushed straight to the Aquarium for a tank-side interview.

The bad news: Ayveq is about as good a father as Bob Guccione. The good news: He’s still masturbating.

“Even as the photographers and the camera crews were shooting the new baby in the other tank, there he was, slapping away against the glass,” said Aquarium spokeswoman Fran Hackett, referring to Ayveq’s famous technique.

This was a great relief to me, given that this newspaper once called Ayveq one of the singular tourist attractions in the world (and not because of his dreamy red eyes, mind you!).

For years, I pestered Hackett to reveal to me (exclusively, of course!) the very moment when Ayveq got past that ultimate adolescent hump (no pun intended) and finally found a female worthy of his libido.

Hackett kept putting me off (she had apparently promised the exclusive to Walrus World magazine — those bastards!), so when she called me with the big birth announcement, I knew something was up (very up in Ayveq’s case): He was the father!

And not a good one. Even as Kulu nursed and bonded her new baby, Ayveq was in the tank — and bedding down — with Nuka, a 25-year-old cow with seductively wide flanks and bedroom whiskers.

Could it be that Ayveq had finally abandoned his self-love ways?

“No,” said the Aquarium’s senior keeper Jo Basinger. “He’s only 13, so he’s often too annoying to her for her to even deal with him.”


“His constant attempts to breed, you know,” Basinger said (oh, I know all about annoying females through over-aggressive courtship rituals — believe me, I know).

“When he gets that way, she just steers clear of him.”

So that’s when he takes matters into his own fins, right? Not exactly.

“Oh, he does that whenever,” Basinger said. “It has nothing to do with whether he’s mating or not.”

This was not only big news to fans of walrus wanking, but of anyone looking for solace about his own limited parenting skills.

“You have nothing to worry about,” Hackett told me, referring to how Ayveq will never even come in contact with his son (despite their vast age difference, he’d consider him competition for the females). And if they had mated in the wild, Ayveq would have abandoned Kulu months before the child was even born (where are the family values politicians in the walrus world, I ask you?).

But the spirit of Ayveq lives on in his still-unnamed newborn. An Aquarium source told me that the tot has already discovered Ayveq’s secret pleasure spot and has started to entertain himself, even though he’s just three-and-a-half-months old.

Like father, like son.

Gersh Kuntzman is the Editor of The Brooklyn Paper. E-mail Gersh at

The Today show is running a contest to name Kulu and Ayveq’s lovechild. Go to before Oct. 10 to enter.

Updated 4:33 pm, July 9, 2018
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anonymous from bam says:
I've witnessed the masterbation last summer. He had his back to the glass, children banged and screamed on it. He turned around with a 3ft erection. Scared parents rushed the kids away. I now stood amongst about 20 spectators.
Ayveq began using all 4 fins up and down, laughter spread through out the crowd. suddenly a yellow mist steemed from you know where and he began munching on it! the laughter turned into bewilderment as he flipped over with an ever swelling anus, and SHAT at the glass... then happily swam away.

Only at coney island!
June 24, 2008, 9:44 am
anonymous from Bensonhurst says:
OMG I cant believe I found an article about this, I was just innocently visiting the aquarium today with my daughter and got an eye full of a walrus masterbating using a blue ball. When I first approached with my daughter I thought how cute he's playing with the ball against the glass, then my husband pointed out to me that he was actually screwing the ball (it had various holes in it) and sure enough he flipped over and exposed himself to me! My eyes!!! The image was seared into my brain. ACK!!! and thank GOD my daughter had playfully ran over to check out the sealions. My goodness that thing should be locked away, I didn't bargain for my daughter to come see a "peep show". I'm very lucky, but I'm sad that other children could witness his nasty behaviour.

Sept. 20, 2008, 2:16 pm
Mike from kings plaza says:
OMG, Bensonhurst, get over yourself.
Aug. 10, 2009, 12:48 am

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