Is Freya the walrus that sinks ships in Norway?

A 1,500-pound walrus named Freya lounges on boats off the coast of Norway, often damaging them and sinking some.

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It’s tough out there for a walrus like Freya who just wants to sunbathe on boats. Since end of 2021 she traveled long distances from her home in the Arctic Circle, stopping in the UK, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Germany. She has been in Norway most recently in the summer 2022where she annoyed the locals after lying on their boats and damaging them, thanks to her 1,500 pounds Frame.

More than a hundred kilometers south of Oslo, Norway, Freya posed a problem to marina authorities, who found her sunbathing on boats. Some of the ships were just too small for her and ended up sinking in the water. The mayor of the city of Kragerø said Deutsche Welle in late June 2022, authorities planned to provide Freya with her own sunbathing area on a floating dock. They planned to move her down the dock to a new home along the coast.

Around mid-July, she was spotted in Oslo, where a rower even has tried to douse Freya with a garden hose as she lay on the pier at her rowing club. She ended up rolling in the fjord, according to Dagbladet, a Norwegian tabloid. Oslo Port Police also attempted to flush push him away from a boat using water lances.

But the Walrus Rune Aae seeker is concerned about the treatment Freya receives from visitors and locals trying to either catch a glimpse of her or chase her away.

“She has no peace” Aae said Norwegian News Agency, NTB. He observed how she was surrounded by several boats and jet skis, and how she made sudden movements when they got too close.

“Everything indicated that she wanted to run away. But she couldn’t because she was trapped,” he said. “She needs to relax until 8 p.m. When she is constantly stressed by people and their presence, it’s not good for her.

At some point during his stay in Oslo, a video was taken by Norwegian Tabloid VG of Freya attacking a swan. A witness told VG the swan was dead.

Freya would normally stay for two to four days in a given area before moving on, according to Aae.

The BBC reported on Freya’s whereabouts in Shetland in December 2021, where a wildlife photographer noted she was distinctive for the “little pink spot” on her nose. There, she was spotted resting on a salmon-breeding cage.

And late October 2021 she was discovered sleeping on a submarine at a naval base off the coast of North Holland. She would have been the first of her kind to visit the Netherlands in 23 years. She actually chose to end up in the ‘Walrus class’ of submarines, as tweeted by the Royal Netherlands Navy who shared regular updates on her days there:

Freya has been both praised and reviled by Norwegian tabloids for her habits, and the world has been watching her journey for nearly a year. However, the Natural History Museum in the UK pointed out that walruses like Freya are forced to travel farther due to habitat loss resulting from melting ice caps. Increased exertion can lead to starvation, exhaustion, and an increased risk of death as more mammals invade land surfaces.

Travis Park, researcher at the museum said“If we continue to lose sea ice, we’ll likely see a reduction in their population, but that probably won’t drive them to extinction. Ship traffic and acidification are a bigger threat. Ship strikes are a danger, while marine pollution and ocean acidification put their prey, such as bivalves and clams, at risk.

Most specialists advise that anyone who sees a walrus in such crowded areas should give it space, leave it alone, and allow it to rest.

On August 14, 2022, Norwegian authorities killed Freya, saying she posed too great a threat to human security. Authorities had warned that if people did not stay away from her, she would have to be killed, but people mostly ignored their directive.

“She chased people on paddle boards and kayaks,” Olav Lekver, spokesman for the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries, said the newspaper reported. New York Times. “In the end, we couldn’t see any other options […] She was in a field that was not natural to her.

Aea disagreed. “A lot of other options should have been tried before killing her,” he said. wrote. “Freya had sooner or later left the Oslofjord, which all previous experiments showed, so euthanasia was, in my opinion, completely unnecessary.”


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