Char Spotted In Tjörnin Pond - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Char Spotted In Tjörnin Pond

Published May 31, 2015

Photos by
Auður Óskarsdóttir

Visitors to downtown Reykajvík’s Tjörnin Pond were greeted by a rare sight, as Arctic char were spotted swimming in the waters.

Video evidence of the char was posted on Facebook by Auður Óskarsdóttir, and can be seen here. There, the fish is more than happy to eat bread intended for ducks, with the video’s narrator speculating on the idea of fishing in the pond, and wondering aloud if the fish was attacking the geese.

RÚV reports that char are seldom seen in Tjörnin, although they have appeared before. In fact, brown trout have also made an appearance, however unwelcome, as they are known for hunting baby ducks.

The Grapevine would like to remind readers again that, when visiting Tjörnin, one should not feed the ducks and geese bread – it has no nutritional value for them, but does make them poop a lot more. If you want to feed them, bring cracked corn, grape halves, or thawed peas instead.

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