Wally the Walrus turns up in Iceland

Seal Rescue Ireland has stated Wally the Walrus has been photographed in Iceland.

In a collection of tweets final evening, the organisation stated it had in contrast images of the mammal from British Divers Marine Life Rescue and confirmed that the walrus sighted yesterday was Wally.

The Arctic walrus was first noticed in Ireland off the coast of Valentia Island in March.

He has since travelled 4,000km alongside the coast of western Europe, being noticed in France, Spain and the UK.

it has been confirmed that THIS IS WALLY! Notice the comparable scars on the entrance of each entrance flippers. We are completely over the moon that he's not solely nonetheless alive and effectively, however he’s effectively on his approach house to the Arctic
Picture: Hafrún Eiríks / Höfn (instagram @motamyndir) 3/7 pic.twitter.com/yK91CJJEiH

— Seal Rescue Ireland (@seal_rescue) September 20, 2021

The intrepid explorer additionally made headlines for climbing aboard or sinking various boats in harbours he visited.

Wally's final recognized location was off the coast of west Cork, 900km from the place he has just lately been photographed.

The organisation stated Wally was seen "swimming back out to sea last night (and even managed to avoid sinking any boats while he was there)".

"We are so grateful to the many members of the public who’ve proven assist and love for this walrus by giving him a protected place to relaxation and collect his power whereas visiting our shores forward of this magnificent journey.

"Thanks to his ability to feed and rest, he has successfully made the long stretch and will hopefully reunite with his own kind again soon."

Wally 'heading house' to Greenland

A Sightings Officer with the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group has stated Wally doesn’t seem like misplaced, however he does seem like backtracking on himself as he heads house to Greenland.

"It's really interesting and yet it's a wonderful mystery all at the same time," Padraig Whooley advised RTÉ's Morning Ireland.

Mr Whooley stated Wally was final seen in Crookhaven in West Cork on 30 August, earlier than utterly disappearing off the radar, which was very stunning.

It seems that the animal went for an enormous ocean swim earlier than ending up in Iceland.

He stated: "That would have been a minimum journey of 1,5000-1,600km, so it's a really impressive passage to make in the space of 19 days and that works out an average of 80km a day or about three-and-a-half kilometres per hour, which is really impressive swimming. Not bad for an animal that people thought was injured."

Mr Whooley stated that they’re assured the walrus in Iceland is Wally as a result of the similar blemish might be seen on the animal's proper flipper.

He added that walruses are virtually as uncommon in Iceland as they’re in Ireland.

"He hasn't fairly received house but. He nonetheless has to get up to Northern Iceland, which can take him inside the Arctic Circle.

"And then the more likely destination is to make that 300km passage from Northern Iceland in a westerly direction that will take him to Greenland, where he will find plenty of walruses and perhaps even his clan," he stated.

Mr Whooley stated that Wally's journey is an effective instance of citizen science and the way members of the public might help enhance understanding of those animals.

He stated that there’s a risk that extra walruses or 'Arctic vagrants' might seem off the Irish coast in the future.

There is at present a feminine walrus in the Netherlands, he stated, that might doubtlessly come down the North Sea, into the Dover straits and "end up fairly quickly off the Irish coast as well".

primarily based on website supplies www.rte.ie

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