A giant walrus has returned to a popular beach town just days after conservationists claimed it had been put off by tourists.
Wally the Walrus was spotted near his favorite spot in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, after wandering thousands of miles from his Arctic home.
It’s the first time Wally has been seen since Easter Monday, after crowds flocked to see the resort’s new celebrity.
Animal welfare organizations believe he fled the coastal town after being “clearly disturbed” by day trippers competing for a moment.
Wally the Walrus was seen near his favorite spot in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, after wandering thousands of miles from his Arctic home
It’s the first time Wally has been seen since Easter Monday, after crowds flocked to see the resort’s new celebrity
Careless tourists tried to approach the wild walrus with jet skis, paddleboards and drones, while trying to rest in the city’s harbor.
Terry Leadbetter, from Welsh Marine Life Rescue, said, “Keeping people away was an absolute nightmare.
‘There were even people with drones who tried to get close. People came within a few feet of the walrus. ‘
Wally knew there were people and was clearly insane.
Walruses have been known to attack boats and have been known to kill humans, so like any other wild animal, you don’t want to get too close just in case.
Animal welfare organizations believe he fled the coastal town after being ‘clearly disturbed’ by day trippers competing for a moment
The walrus is believed to have crossed the Irish Sea after being spotted in County Kerry earlier this month
‘These people just go there and take their chances. They are unpredictable and you don’t know if they are likely to turn around and attack someone or not.
“Someone who acts irresponsibly can get hurt.”
Despite the unwanted attention, it looks like Wally is ready to brave another weekend in the bustling seaside town.
The walrus is believed to have crossed the Irish Sea after being spotted in County Kerry earlier this month.
It was first seen in Wales on rocks at Broad Haven South Beach before swimming further south to Tenby days later.
Wally had resorted to a slipway from the RNLI, but he hasn’t been seen since Monday
Wally had resorted to a slipway from the RNLI, but he hasn’t been seen since Monday.
Wildlife groups keep an eye on the Welsh coast to see if he shows up elsewhere, but have urged visitors to leave him alone.
Welsh Marine Life Rescue said: ‘We believe people have violated Covid restrictions by crossing the border into England to see the animal.
“There was one report that someone even traveled from Essex and a lot of people didn’t cling to social aloofness.”
It comes as the Seal Alliance warned that troubling seals can injure and kill mothers and pups after the Thames seal named Freddie Mercury had to be slaughtered after being attacked by a dog.
It comes as the Seal Alliance warned that disturbing seals can injure and kill mothers and pups after the Thames seal named Freddie Mercury (pictured) had to be killed after being attacked by a dog.
Both the gray and harbor seal populations in Britain are showing signs of declining reproductive performance, experts warned.
Only 25 percent of young people survive up to 18 months in a bad year.
The campaign ‘give seals space’ provides guidelines for the safe observation of seals.
Environment Minister George Eustice said: “Disruption from members of the public can harm seals, but this is completely preventable.
“I advise everyone to follow the guidelines, give seals the space they need and respect this vulnerable species.”
The pressure to protect seals from human disturbance is because people are expected to walk along coasts and estuaries, participate in water activities, or fly drones over Easter weekend as lockdown measures become easier.
The UK is home to an estimated 38 percent of the world’s gray seal population and about 30 percent of the European subspecies of harbor seals or harbor seals, but both species are showing signs of a decline in reproduction.
They face threats such as climate change, toxic pollution, becoming entangled in fishing gear, collisions with ships, plastic and other marine debris and human disruption, experts warn.