One of the highlights of a visit to a Walrus haul out site is always the smell. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately for the readers) the smell can still not be captured in a photograph. Especially when a large group hauls out together, the smell can be really bad. And we often pick the direction of the approach in such a way that the wind is going from the animals towards us, so they cannot hear us.

Looking at a close up of their face, you wonder why they have such a big noses… Maybe they do like their own smell?

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.


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