A 1,300-pound walrus could be killed if it endangers the public

Experts believe Freya is headed back north where she belongs. But finding the way could prove difficult, as the Oslofjord, where she was last sighted, is a dead end on the way north. In order to get home, she must first return south, down to Denmark to cross to Britain, before returning north again.

“She needs to turn back and so far she hasn’t done so,” said Mr. Aae. “She doesn’t have a map, she doesn’t know it’s a dead end.”

It is not entirely uncommon for a walrus to appear in northern Europe and similar incidents have occurred. At least one walrus can be sighted in European waters most years, said Dan Jarvis, director of wildlife and conservation at British Divers Marine Life Rescue.

Last year, another walrus, Wally, surfaced off the coast of south-west England for about six weeks, climbing boats in a busy area of ​​the Isles of Scilly, an archipelago of more than 150 islands. Local officials provided him with a floating dock to lie in because he wrecked the boats with his roughly 1,760-pound weight. There, too, people got too close and took pictures with him, creating potentially dangerous situations and leading to calls for his removal.

“He came to the busiest place,” Mr. Jarvis said.

According to the World Wide Fund for Nature, there are approximately 225,000 walruses in the wild. They live in ice-covered waters in Canada, Greenland, Norway, Russia and Alaska. In their usual habitat, walruses drag themselves on sheets of ice. In the case of Freya, she drags herself onto piers and boats. Walruses are suffering from climate change in the form of melting ice sheets, causing them to lose part of their habitat.

If that continues to happen, Mr Jarvis said, “they’ll have to keep looking to find a suitable location.”

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