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Uncommon customer: Walrus recognizing off Normandy coast in France, hundreds of kilometres from Arctic house


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A walrus was noticed within the northern French port of Dieppe in Normandy, hundreds of kilometres away from its pure habitat across the Arctic Circle. 

The ocean mammal, often present in Greenland, Russia or Alaska, is a protected species which feeds primarily on invertebrates like molluscs, shrimp, crabs and small fish.

Native authorities cordoned off the realm over the weekend to guard the tusked animal, which was resting onshore, based on an image tweeted by the prefecture — though it was noticed diving on Saturday and hasn’t been seen once more. 

“Walruses are fearful [of humans] however nonetheless wild animals,” the prefecture cautioned, saying that wildlife teams had been alerted, and the walrus was believed to be in good well being.

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The walrus is the newest in a collection of animals from chilly Arctic seas which have strayed in French waters this yr. A beluga whale died within the Seine river in August, a number of months after a terminally-ill killer whale died in the identical river.

Norwegian walrus sightings finish in tragedy

A walrus captivated Norway over the summer season, with Arctic customer Freya making fairly a splash along with her behavior of clambering onto small boats and dinghies that had been docked in harbours alongside the coast. 

After changing into a media movie star within the Nordic nation, and all over the world, Freya’s quarter-hour of fame got here to a tragic finish. 

Authorities needed to euthanize the animal in August after officers stated she was placing individuals’s lives in danger and was herself in misery.

Critics of the choice say it was too hasty, although authorities declare it was the one “viable” choice. 

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Walruses are native to the Arctic circle. Nevertheless, Freya ended up loitering in Oslo’s Frognerkilen bay, having been noticed in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Scotland beforehand. There have been additionally separate sightings of different walruses in Sweden and Finland throughout the summer season. 

The presence of the younger feminine in Norway, weighing 700 kilos, was the topic of concern for some peopl, who stated she was damaging boats.

Authorities had warned that Freya might be euthanised if the general public didn’t steer clear of the mammal.


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