A female walrus climbed aboard a Walrus class submarine and found refuge in a Dutch port.
The Arctic Walrus, who has been named Freya, was found sleeping on the Netherlands Navy vessel in Den Helder last week.
She has been returning to the submarine every day since, much to the amusement and amusement of the navy.
A female walrus has climbed aboard a Walrus-class submarine, where it has found refuge in a Dutch port.
JeroenHoekendijk, a Dutch scientist specializing in marine mammals, discovered Freya this week
Freya is the first member of her species to be seen in the Netherlands in over 23 years. These animals are normally found hundreds of miles north.
It comes after Wally the wandering walrus captured the imagination of wildlife lovers with his European travels this summer, which included stops in France, Spain and the Isles of Scilly before he was last spotted in Iceland.
Jeroen Hoekendijk is a Dutch scientist who specializes in marine mammals. He discovered Freya last Wednesday and said that she appears to be in good physical condition despite her being in poor health. Her front flippers were a raw wound.
She is regularly seen bathing and sleeping on the back deck of HNLMS Dolfijn.
Freya, an Arctic Walrus, was found last week sleeping on the Dutch Navy vessel in Den Helder.
The navy has found her returning to the submarine every day for relaxation, much to their amusement.
She can often be seen sleeping and bathing on the back deck at HNLMS Dolfijn.
Freya often goes for a swim, only to return to the submarine to lounge on the day after.
Freya is believed to have been in Dutch waters for at least two months following a series of sightings. Experts believe she was lost while looking for food.
The Arctic walrus, with its small tusks, is considered younger.
The Royal Netherlands Navy Submarine Service shared this news saying: “Look who surprised us with an unexpected visit.
“Welcome aboard shipmate!”
Freya often goes for a swim and then returns to the submarine to lounge for days.
The navy has been updating their followers on social media about Freya’s movements.
The walrus can be often seen resting on the vessel, enjoying a well-earned nap.
Fred Omvlee, Marine Chaplain, took a selfie with the animal while it was sleeping next to a Dutch flag.
The walrus can often be seen relaxing and sleeping aboard the vessel.
HNLMS Dolfijn, together with HNLMS Walrus & HNLMS Zeeleeuw, entered service in 1993 as part of the Dutch Navy’s Walrus class.
The RNSS said: ‘Wondering if Freya thinks it’s such a beautiful spot when there’s constant staff and boarding.’
It is believed that she traveled via Denmark and Germany to reach Holland’s coast, paddling down from her Arctic circle home.
Wally began his European tour in march this year. He was often seen towing his 800kg body on to a boat so he could take a rest.
It’s because Wally the wandering Walrus captured wildlife lovers’ imaginations this summer with his European travels.