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Bearded seal visits Hafnarfjördur

An almost two-meter long bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus) was spotted on land by Straumsvík inlet near Hafnarfjördur yesterday morning. The species is rarely spotted in Iceland in winter, especially in south and west Iceland.

According to Morgunbladid, the bearded seal is a Nordic seal species known for its long whiskers, or beards. Bearded seals are loners and wanderers, and known to be curious and gentle. There are about one million animals in total.

Bearded seals are usually spotted near the northern or eastern shores of Iceland.

Morgunbladid’s reporters wondered whether the seal in Straumsvík wanted to give its opinion on whether to enlarge the smelter, which is located there. The inhabitants on Hafnarfjördur will vote on the enlargement on Saturday.

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