Walrus found sleeping on submarine hundreds of miles south of natural habitat

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A female walrus was discovered hundreds of kilometers from its natural habitat, sleeping on a submarine at a naval base in North Holland around October 26.

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The walrus, which was named Freya, is the first walrus to be seen in the Netherlands in 23 years, according to Dutch News. Freya was discovered sleeping on the submarine in the naval port of Den Helder by Jeroen Hoekendijk, a Dutch scientist specializing in marine mammals.


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Although walruses have appeared in these waters before, they usually live in the polar regions of the Arctic. However, global warming is causing a multitude of obstacles that can contribute to the emergence of walruses in new areas, such as the loss of sea ice and diseases and contaminants hinder access to food.

After the discovery, Hoekendijk was informed by the naval base that he could not board the ship to photograph Freya, however, Hoekendijk told the Guardian that he had been told: “But you can walk on it.”

Based on Freya’s photos and observations, Hoekendijk believes she is in good health, despite having an open sore on one of her front fins.

In photos shared with social media, Freya can be seen sleeping, bathing and eating knives earlier, with the Dutch Navy sharing updates via Twitter.


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