A walrus was spotted sprawling on the beach Hofstrandarsandur in Borgarfjörður eystri, East Iceland, yesterday. It is believed to be the same walrus whale watchers observed on Skjálfandi bay off Húsavík in Northeast Iceland on Wednesday.
Eyewitnesses described the half-grown walrus as calm. A number of people made the trip to Hofstrandarsandur to go walrus watching, ruv.is reports.
Hrólfur Þórhallsson, captain of Bjössi Sör from North Sailing, the whale watching boat from where the walrus was seen on Wednesday, told ruv.is, that walruses are a rare sight on whale watching tours.
Hrólfur said he’d never seen a walrus before and thought it was a seal at first glance. “It was not afraid of us at all, stayed by the boat and mostly on the surface. We spent some 20 minutes with it … The passengers were surprised and took pictures.”
While walruses are rare in Icelandic waters—they are not a native species in the country—they have been spotted unusually often lately, at least five times since June. However, in some cases, it was likely the same animal.
Click here to see a picture of the walrus on Hofstrandarsandur.