Freya the walrus continues to sink boats in Norway


A young arctic walrus named Freya, who first went viral in 2021 for its appearances along the coasts of Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and parts of the UK – hundreds of miles from its native habitat – has a history of sunbathing on inappropriate objects.

In November 2021, she was found sleep on a dutch submarine (a class of walrus, oddly enough) at a naval base in North Holland. The following month, she was spotted dozing in a salmon farming cage in Shetland. More recently, she has started to pull herself up on personal watercraft, sink a lot of them with its bulky weight, which has been reported at around 1,300 pounds.

Kathrine Ryeng, veterinary scientist at the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research, said BNC News that Freya has an affinity for these boats, where she climbs to sleep and digest her food, as they remind her of Arctic ice floes. Its original habitat may change due to climate change, causing it to seek food and shelter elsewhere.

At the beginning of June, firefighters chased her out of a small boat in Kragerø, Norway, where she spent time earlier this summer. She swam straight to the partially submerged vessel and authorities were forced to let her go on her own terms, cordoning off the area in the meantime.

In mid-July, Freya arrived in the capital of Oslo. In every town, people greet her arrival with fanfare, venturing far too close to admire and photograph her. “She doesn’t get peace,” said Rune Aae, a Morse code expert. Norwegian News Agency NTB by Euro News. Walruses sleep until 8 p.m.

Her adoring social media following follows, eagerly waiting to see what she’s up to or where she’ll go next. Those who don’t feel the impact of Freya’s damage personally are pleased with her behavior. A Twitter user retweeted a series of photos of the walrus causing harm and captioned it “hot girl summer”. “We call BS. It was a leak, not Freya. another user defended her. “Oh, to be a walrus named Freya, lying and sinking boats”, yet another fantasy.

But the boat owners, naturally, want her gone; although she did not sink all the boats on which she rode, she damaged many and, as reported BNC News, homeowners insurance probably won’t cover walrus damage.

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In an effort to protect the local craft and give the walrus a safe place to rest, away from prying eyes too close, researchers built her own floating platform, where she can bask at will. . Much to their dismay, she prefers boats worthy of a walrus, like Euro News describes them.

Biologist Kjell Isaksen warned the outlet that boat owners in the area should consider turning their boats upside down in their slips, with the stern facing the jetty, making them less easy to access and therefore less attractive to Freya, but researchers hope she’ll get used to her new dock over time.

From a translation of USA today, The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries was considering relocating Freya earlier this week. “We are in contact with professionals, including at the Marine Research Institute, to find out how this can be done,” they wrote in a statement, but did not elaborate on details or confirm a plan. ‘stock.

At the time of writing, a live camera was available to watch the walrus in action.

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