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Tapeworm Mosgovoiya pectinata

Mosgovoiya pectinata

Mosgovoiya pectinata Mosgovoiya pectinata

The first time I saw a hare tapeworm was when I got one from Jákup Absalonsen, Viðareiði. It came from a hare that he had shot on 02.12.2006. Subsequently, I also saw tapeworms in shot hares on Nólsoy and other places in the Faroe Islands.

Article from Tim Ecott in The Telegraph about tourism in the Faroe Islands
"Could this unspoilt archipelago become an unlikely overtourism battleground?"

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Message in a bottle from Newfoundland and Labrador

Hans Eli Sivertsen

Message in a bottle from Newfoundland and Labrador Message in a bottle from Newfoundland and Labrador Message in a bottle from Newfoundland and Labrador

06.11.2018 at 09.45 Hans Eli Sivertsen found this message in a bottle, from Curt Chambers from Brig Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, who dropped it from a fishing boat sometime in mid July 2018. It has taken the bottle about 4 months to travel the 3100 kilometers across the Atlantic from Newfoundland and Labrador to Leynar, Faroe Islands.
This type of plastic bottles floats on the water surface, so the wind has also helped it forward.
Detonation wires floats just below the water surface, so they do not move alone with wind; but there is no doubt, that a large part of the detonation wires, dumped in the Faroe Islands in the last 2 years, will wash upon the shores in other countries.

Read about Brig Bay

Squid Sepia
3 Calcium shells from the Squid genus Sepia is found in the Faroe Islands, and Hans Eli Sivertsen has found all of them.

Sepia Sepia

May 2, 2018 he found the first shell in Leynar, the following day he found one in Kaldbak, and three days later he found another in Leynar. We presume, that these Calcium shells belong to the Squid species Sepia officinalis, a species with 10 arms. It is common in the Mediterranean and the northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean, where it appears up to Norway. As other squids it has blue blood, which previously was used as ink. Among other the shell is used for Calcium supplement for cage birds.
We are not aware of any previous findings - even they are flowing, so we would like to hear from others, if they have knowledge of any findings.

Update 12.05.2018: In the last 6 days Hans Eli Sivertsen has found another 5 Calcium shells.
Furthermore Hanna Joensen from Sandoy found 6 shells, when she went for a walk on the beach in Sandur today.

Update 13.05.2018: Hans Eli Sivertsen has found even more Calcium shells.
Rodmund á Kelduni found 3 Calcium shells in Sandavágur and 1 in Sørvágur.
Poul Johannes Simonsen found 5 Calcium shells in respectively Hvannasundi, Árnafjørður and Norðagøta.
Update 02.06.2018: Maria Kristiansdóttir and Trygvi found 1 Calcium shell in Vestmanna.

Poul Johannes Simonsen

Read R. Spärck's article from 1923 about Sepia officinalis in Faroe Islands

Squat lobster Galathea sp.

Galathea sp.

Galathea sp. Galathea sp. Galathea sp. Galathea sp.

Kaldbaksfjørður 18.02.2018

Speckled rat Rattus norvegicus Bergenhout, 1769

Rattus norvegicus Bergenhout, 1769 Rattus norvegicus Bergenhout, 1769 Rattus norvegicus Bergenhout, 1769

Arngrím Petersen shot this speckled rat in Kollafjørður 24.10.2017.

Heart orchin Echinocardium

Echinocardium Echinocardium

The Heart orchin has the mouth and rectum opening on the underside

Sea orchin Echinoidea

Echinoidea Echinoidea

The Sea orchin has the mouth on the underside and the rectum opening on the upper side

Orange roughy Hoplostethus atlanticus

Hoplostethus atlanticus Hoplostethus atlanticus

Length 58 cm, weight 4 kg
Orange roughy is found on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge north to Greenland and Iceland, at Labrador, Nova Scotia and South Africa, in Australia and New Zealand.
It grows to 75 cm. long.
Orange roughy does not breed until it is 20 years old, and then it is about 30 cm. long. When it takes so long time before the next generation is ready to breed, it is logical, that it is very easy to eradicate it.
As an example, the Australians did not find the Orange roughy until late in the 1970's, but already in 2008 there was only 10% left of the stock, so Orange roughy was the first fish that ended up in Australia's Red List of commercial fish due to overfishing.
The oldest known Orange roughy was 149 years old.
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Russian dog

Jákup Samson shot this dog around 1 km south of Syðradal, Kalsoy 27.01.2015.
People had seen the dog for 2 days, and Jákup had tried to approach it several times; but it ran away every time. The last time he tried, the dog got stucked down by the seaside, and then it was shot. Jákup was in contact with the police all the time.
A ship pilot thought he had seen the dog on board a Russian ship.
How the dog ended up in the sea, is not known, but it was both skinny and very scared.

Jórun Biskopstø Simonsen bought a yucca recently, which turned out to be an entire zoo. Jórun caught several transparent worms, two species of earthworms, several Chilopodade etc. before the newly purchased plant was sent to destruction.

This incident is unfortunately far from uncommon - you think you are buying a plant, but do not know that a whole zoo of intruders goes with it, which ultimately could result in a disaster for the Faroese nature...

Yucca zoo

Cancer pagurus commonly known as the Edible crab or Brown crab

Cancer pagurus Cancer pagurus Cancer pagurus

Mona B. Joensen and Marni Johannesen, Sandur, caught this big Brown crab Cancer pagurus on a Atlantic halibut longline west of Skúvoy late in the autumn 2013.

Update December 2015: Cancer pagurus has become more common in the Faroe Islands.

Cancer pagurus

Kvennkrabbi / Female

Cancer pagurus

Kallkrabbi / Male

ARGIR 17.06.2012

17.06.2012 some Faroese horses were placed in front of Umhvørvisstovan (The Environment Agency), to draw attention to the lack of interest in the Faroese nature by the respective authorities.

Argir 17.06.2012

Argir 17.06.2012 Argir 17.06.2012

Beinta & Gráfaksi

Argir 17.06.2012 Argir 17.06.2012 Argir 17.06.2012 Argir 17.06.2012


Hungry sheeps Hungry sheeps Hungry sheeps

Due to bad weather the grass has not started really growing yet, so the sheep eat moss to survive. In the past it was said, that Faroe islanders died with seaweed in the mouth - I really do not hope that the year 2012 will be remembered as the year when the Faroese sheep died with moss in the mouth. The photos are from 08.06.2012.

There is no coalfish on Nólsoy at the moment so 08.06.2012 we went Leirvík with our fishing pole, where we fished 132 coalfish in an instant. The fish was pretty skinny, but tasted incredibly well fried in the pan with with the liver and nothing else.
Marita fishing in Leirvík

Marita fishing in Leirvík Marita fishing in Leirvík Fishing in Leirvík

Fishing in Leirvík Fishing in Leirvík Fishing in Leirvík

Fishing in Leirvík Fishing in Leirvík

The intestines were pulled out of the fish on the spot to the delight of the seagulls

English abroad

Identified as Haliphron atlanticus in 2018
Haliphron atlanticus Haliphron atlanticus Haliphron atlanticus
15. May 2009 Poul Johannes Simonsen got hold on this octopus, as he was fishing onboard Grønanes at the position 61.30N 5.00W. Nobody has been able to determine it yet.
The octopus was brown, the body measured 50 cm. in diameter and it had very short catching arms.

New slug found in the Faroes in 2003
Limax macimus is very variable in the look - like other slugs - but this is the most common in Svangaskari.
Leopardsnigil - Leopard snegl - Limax Maximus.
Read the Faroese PDF article

New snail found in the Faroe Islands

Arianta arbustorum eller ”kratsnegl
Read the article

De flotte Færøske frimærker emd fuglemotiv.


Runner from a dog sledge found in the Faroe Islands 

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This runner from a dog sledge was found 20. June on the shore in Sørvági. It was the very famous artist and writer Lasse S., who got the surprise for the life finding the runner, as he took a walk along the shore in Sørvági. The runner looks quite new, so it has not been in the sea long.
Emil Rosing from Greenland National Museum says, that it looks like a runner from a typical dog sledge from Thule although is also could be floated out from North-West Greenland, East-Greenland-Ammassalik or Scoresbysund, where driving dog sledge is also common.

Lava can be seen in Faroe Islands
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Faroe Islands were formed from volcanic eruption, and around the islands we can find traces from our past. The stone of lava on the photograph was found on Svínoy. It measures 16 x 13 cm in diameter.
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