A large bearded seal swam ashore in Akureyri, North Iceland, yesterday afternoon. It relaxed on the pier Höfnersbryggja in Innbærinn, the oldest part of town, and seemed to enjoy the attention it got from locals.
The beaded seal is not native to Iceland. Its habitats are in the Arctic Ocean but it’s a common visitor to Icelandic waters. The species draws its name from its long whiskers, ruv.is reports.
There are two species of seals that inhabit the shores of Iceland, the harbor seal, which numbers approximately 15,000 animals, and the grey seal, of which there are around 6,000.
Click here to see pictures of the bearded seal in Akureyri.