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FANTASTIC BEASTS

&
WHERE TO FIND
THEM
(IN ICELAND)

LAND ANIMALS:
DOMESTICATED

ICELANDIC HORSE • Weighs about 750-850 lb • Stands 52-56 inches tall • Many different breeds and colors of coat • Grows a heavier winter coat for extra warmth • Imports/exports .

but also works as a watch dog . ICELANDIC SHEEPDOG • Weighs about 20-30 lb • Stands 12-16 inches tall • Originated from the first dogs brought by Vikings • Commonly used to herd sheep and horses.

brown. at 4 months they weigh 70-90 lb . white) • Bred for meat. and milk • Lamb meat is very popular. sheepskin. wool. ICELANDIC SHEEP • Can be multiple colors (black.

ICELANDIC CATTLE • Can be multiple colors (mostly brown. but also beef • Milk from Icelandic cows is used to make skyr . white) • Bred for milk primarily.

ICELANDIC CHICKEN • Can be multiple colors (dark brown. white) • Only a few thousand purebred chickens left due to importation of commercial strains in the 1950s .

only 535 left • Mainly pets. white) • Nearly went extinct during late 19th century • As of 2010. annual grant from government to help it survive longer term . ICELANDIC GOAT • Can be multiple colors (mostly black.

LAND ANIMALS: WILD .

ARCTIC FOX • Weighs about 7-15 lb • Stands 10-12 inches tall • Only native mammal before humans arrived • Changes color depending on season (grey to white) .

REINDEER • Imported from Norway in the 18th century • Primarily in eastern Iceland. around 3000 • Population controlled • Reindeer meat is considered a delicacy .

OTHERS • Mink • Rabbits • Rodents • Polar bears? .

LAND ANIMALS: BIRDS .

PUFFINS • Weighs about 0.8 lb • Stands 8 inches tall • Iceland is only country in the world where puffin hunting is allowed • Overhunting has led to depopulation in some regions .

OTHERS • Arctic Tern .

OTHERS • Arctic Tern • Rock Ptarmigan .

OTHERS • Arctic Tern • Rock Ptarmigan • Common Snipe .

OTHERS • Arctic Tern • Rock Ptarmigan • Common Snipe • Golden Plover .

OTHERS • Arctic Tern • Rock Ptarmigan • Common Snipe • Golden Plover • Raven .

SEA ANIMALS .

WHALES • At least 12 species regularly frequent Icelandic waters • Whale watching is a large industry • Commercial whaling .

and walrus . ringed seal. harp seal. SEALS/WALRUS • 7 species of pinnipedia regularly seen near Iceland • Common seal. bearded seal. grey seal. hooded seal.

flounder. whiting. haddock. herring and mackerel . FISH • Salmon is most sought after freshwater fish • Other major fishing: • Cod. halibut. sole.