A three-meter long walrus was discovered on the shores by Eyri in the town of Reyðarfjörður in East Iceland yesterday.
Kjartan Reynisson was cycling from the small town of Fáskrúðsfjörður to Reyðarfjörður when he spotted what he thought was a dead whale.
Reyðarfjörður during winter. Photo by Páll Stefansson.
Kjartan told ruv.is that when he approached the animal, the walrus puffed in a threatening manner.
Kjartan added that a number of drivers on the highway passed the walrus by without paying much attention to it and Kjartan observed the animal on the shore in solitude. “People only look up to the clouds,” Kjartan said.
Kjartan described the animal as a massive mammal about three-meters in length and possibly weighing at about a ton and a half. “It doesn’t look too well but wants to be left alone. It’s a real joy to watch it sprawl on the beach like this,” he added in conclusion.
In the RÚV evening news last night, it was reported that the walrus was still there and that it may be the same walrus that recently had been spotted in and around the Faroe Islands.