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Seal Pup Found in Iceland Swam Home to Greenland

By Yelena


A seal pup found in Iceland about five months ago has now returned to its home turf in Greenland. The ringed seal (pusa hispida) pup was found behaving strangely in Njarðvík harbour, Southwest Iceland, and was taken to the Reykjavík Family Park and Zoo to receive medical attention. After a five-month recovery in the care of experts, he was released into the wild and has made it back to Greenland.

Police who found the seal pup in Njarðvík noted its strange behaviour and decided to take it to the Reykjavík Family Park and Zoo. Ringed seals do not live along the Icelandic coast, but they are fairly regular guests to Iceland and the zoo’s veterinarians had treated some before. The pup, which was later named Kári, was found to be malnourished and suffering from an eye infection. Kári made a full recovery at the Zoo and once healthy, was taken to the Westfjords, where he was released on May 2.

Tracking device shows Kári by Greenland

Since then, both experts and the public have been able to follow Kári’s movements thanks to a tracking device that was fastened to his back. Kári first headed due north from Iceland, eventually turning west, then north again to reach the coast of Greenland around May 18, just 16 days after he was released. Readers can see Kári’s trip and follow his movements online.

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