#Fauna

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About Greenland

A pair of musk oxen in summer. Photo by Magnus Elander.

Animals of Greenland

Sea eagles, seals, whales, musk oxen and polar bears. Greenland's wildlife is rich and extremely diverse.

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Polar Bear in Greenland. Photo by Annie Spratt

Wildlife in Greenland: Land mammals

There are nine land mammals in Greenland, which is not many for such an enormous country as Greenland, but it also requires extraordinary characteristics to survive the cold and harsh winters.
Two humpback whales diving outside Nuuk in Greenland. Photo by Camilla Hylleberg - Visit Greenland

Wildlife in Greenland: Whales

In the sea around Greenland, there are as many as 16 species of whales – from the smaller narwhal, beluga and porpoise to the gigantic baleen whales, blue whales, fin whales and humpback whales.
seal on a rocky beach - photo by yuriy rzhemovskiy

Wildlife in Greenland: Seals

There are six species of seal in Greenland. Some walruses are related to seals but belong to their own family of marine mammals.
A flock of fulmar's took of as an iceberg close to them collapsed. I was amazed by the amount and variety of wildlife the Disko Bay has to offer. By Stian Klo

Wildlife in Greenland: Birds

There are excellent chances to see many kinds of birds in Greenland, especially if you have good binoculars at hand. Over 230 species of birds have been observed, and of these, about 60 breeds in Greenland and 20 who are regular migrants. The other species are roaming guests and seen less often.
Wolffish, Atlantic, Spotted and Northern_Photo by Joern_k_Shutterstock

Wildlife in Greenland: Fish

Greenland’s waters are known to contain more than 250 species of fish, and the figure is probably somewhat larger, as life in the deeper waters is almost unknown.
Arctic Weevil also known as Otiorhynchus arcticus_Photo by Oskar Gran

Wildlife in Greenland: Insects and spiders

The Greenlandic insect fauna is relatively few in species. Only about 1200 species of insects, spiders (Arachnids) and other small animals are known. In comparison, about 20 times as many species are recorded in Denmark.