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Freya the Walrus

August 12, 2022

Freya the Walrus Becomes Internet Famous from Crushing Seafaring Vessels


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There’s a portly new pinniped in the waters off Oslo this summer. Freya the walrus has slowly made her way round several ports of call in the Baltic Sea. Her favorite pastimes include sunbathing, seafood and crushing seafaring vessels. But her face has launched a thousand tweets, and even some fan art. 

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Five Facts

  • Why has Freya gained so much attention recently?
  • Who is Nadia Jdaini and how is she trying to help Freya?
  • How many pounds does Freya weigh?
  • Where has Freya been spotted? 
  • What does Freya eat?

Focus Questions

As mentioned by Directorate of Fisheries member Nadia Jdaini, why do you think it’s important for people to learn how to be safe around wild creatures like Freya?

Media literacy: Why do you think host Malcolm Brabant chose to report on this story while swimming in the Baltic Sea? 

For More

Learn about the effects climate change has on the ocean and marine life through this article.

Republished with permission from PBS NewsHour Classroom.

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PBS NewsHour Classroom helps teachers and students identify the who, what, where and why-it-matters of the major national and international news stories.

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