Poolepynten is a 1.5-km headland on the eastern coast of the Prins Karls Forland, which is a part of the Forlandet National Park. It is famous for spectacular walrus colonies that can be admired here from close range. The huge bodies of these animals in their natural environment are memorable.
It is not infrequent in this area to meet bears as well, and in the water, of course, whales. Making a landing will give you a thrill of excitement.
The Land of Walruses
Walruses grow to the length of 4 m and reach the weight of up to 1700 kg. Their body is covered with thick, 3.5 cm skin. They live up to 40 years, feed on clams, snails, as well as fish and even seals. They can eat as much as 50 kg of clams per day!
In the area of Svalbard, walruses were hunted for about 300 years - for meat and their fangs, which on average reach 50 cm. When in 1952 they were legally protected, there were only about 100 of them left. Since then, their population in the Arctic has grown to around 2,000 representatives.
Walruses seem to be a species of animals that paradoxically can benefit from climate change and global warming. Warmer waters and receding ice provide them with new feeding places.
Getting closer to them, we can see a sandy beach with a large colony lying on it, and some bathing individuals in the water. After landing, you can approach them so close that you can even feel their "aroma". However, one should keep attention, because beneath their lazy bodies there are real warriors, vigilant and ready to defend at any moment. Their colonies are often attacked by polar bears, and the result of the fight is not always obvious. If we violate their security zone, we will quickly find out which one of them is the leader of the herd, because with his behavior he will warn us against further movements.