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Misty morning magic: 18 elk and deer caught on aerial video

A large herd of elk looked up in wonder as Jukka Heino's drone drifted over above the morning mists of the Porkkala peninsula, just west of Helsinki.

Uutisvideot: Upea näky tallentui drone-kuvaan Kirkkonummella - Parisenkymmentä hirveä tepasteli pellolla samaan aikaan
Uutisvideot: Upea näky tallentui drone-kuvaan Kirkkonummella - Parisenkymmentä hirveä tepasteli pellolla samaan aikaan

Not far from Helsinki, photographer Jukka Heino captured a large herd of elk and deer grazing on a recent misty morning.

Heino tells Yle that he captured the startling footage with a drone around 4 am, around sunrise at this point of the southern Finnish summer. The site was the Porkkala peninsula in Kirkkonummi, some 40 km west of the capital, Helsinki.

"I've never seen so many at once," Heino says. He counts 18 elk and deer in the video.

"There were also six other elk a little further away," he adds.

The largest members of the deer family (Alces alces) are known in Europe as elk and in North America as moose. An adult male can stand more than two metres high at the shoulder and weigh 700 kilos.

National park bid

Besides farmland, much of Porkkala is protected as various types of nature conservation and outdoor recreation areas.

A bid to combine them into a new national park failed last year, partly due to opposition from local residents concerned about the impact on the peninsula's nature and narrow roads from a projected upsurge in visitors. Last year Nuuksio National Park, which is partly in Kirkkonummi, attracted some 340,000 visitors.

Instead, Hossa in Suomussalmi, northeast Finland, was inaugurated as the country's 40th national park a month ago.

Edit: Updated on July 20 to place Hossa in northeast Finland, not the northwest.