Wally de Walrus, who is in charge of the slipway in Tenby, is confronted by a lifeboat

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A giant walrus that ruled a slipway in Tenby finally met his match after being confronted by a lifeboat team returning home.

The walrus nicknamed Wally sunbathing on the lifeboat slipway and attracted crowds of day trippers.

He’s already sunk a dinghy while trying to hitchhike in a Welsh coastal town, in his latest adventure after wandering thousands of miles from his Arctic home base.

Wally the walrus has been sunbathing on the lifeboat slipway in Tenby, Wales, attracting crowds of day trippers

Wally the walrus has been sunbathing on the lifeboat slipway in Tenby, Wales, attracting crowds of day trippers

Wally de Walrus finally met his match after being confronted by a lifeboat team returning home

Wally de Walrus finally met his match after being confronted by a lifeboat team returning home

Wally plopped into the water in Tenby

Wally plopped into the water in Tenby

Wally de Walrus finally met his match after being confronted by a lifeboat team returning home and falling into the water in Tenby, Wales.

But across from the RNLI lifeboat in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, an enemy was too far for Wally.

Excited onlookers watched heavyweight Wally roll down the slipway to make way for the lifeboat crew returning to their station.

Watcher Jenny Leyshon, 46, said, ‘It seemed nothing would disturb Wally who was on the slipway.

But then the lifeboat came in – and it was either them or the Walrus. So he slipped into the water to let the lifeboat home. ‘

Arctic walrus Wally capsized the dinghy earlier this week while trying to plop aboard.

It was then spotted attempting to climb onto the fishing boat moored in Tenby harbor.

Wally the Walrus, pictured, was seen clinging to a boat in Tenby, Pembrokeshire earlier this week.

Wally the Walrus, pictured, was seen clinging to a boat in Tenby, Pembrokeshire earlier this week.

Wally the Walrus, pictured, was seen clinging to a boat in Tenby, Pembrokeshire earlier this week.

The juvenile arctic walrus, pictured, was first seen off Ireland's west coast before moving on to Wales

The juvenile arctic walrus, pictured, was first seen off Ireland's west coast before moving on to Wales

The juvenile arctic walrus, pictured, was first seen off Ireland’s west coast before moving on to Wales

Beachgoer Martyn Thomas, 36, said he was walking along the harbor when he saw other people looking at the sea.

He said, ‘I was wondering what was going on and you could see the walrus with a toppled dinghy. Someone said he turned it over when he tried to get in.

The next thing he tried to get to a fishing boat had his flippers up to the deck. It was as if he wanted to get on board. ‘

Mr. Thomas, who is the father of a child, said it was an impressive sight during the high tide of the morning.

He said, ‘It is a huge creature. He just swam around lazily and looked happy enough. ‘

Plumber Sean Roche, from SR Plumbing of Pembrokeshire, spent more than 20 minutes playing with the boats.

The giant mammal sunk this dinghy after trying to climb aboard - possibly looking for food

The giant mammal sunk this dinghy after trying to climb aboard - possibly looking for food

The giant mammal sunk this dinghy after trying to climb aboard – possibly looking for food

He said, ‘I was a little late for work this morning. This is the best excuse. ‘

Animal welfare groups keep an eye out for the giant marine animal believed to have previously visited Ireland after traveling from the Arctic on an ice floe.

The walrus is believed to have crossed the Irish Sea after being spotted in County Kerry earlier this month.

In recent days, it has taken refuge on the RNLI slipway, where lifeboat chiefs keep the crowds away.

It was first seen in Wales on rocks at Broad Haven South Beach before swimming further south to Tenby days later.

Wally is believed to have crossed the Walrus from Greenland into the Atlantic Ocean on an ice pack before arriving at Co Kerry in the Republic of Ireland. He later swam into the Irish Sea and arrived in Tenby, Pembrokeshire

Wally is believed to have crossed the Walrus from Greenland into the Atlantic Ocean on an ice pack before arriving at Co Kerry in the Republic of Ireland. He later swam into the Irish Sea and arrived in Tenby, Pembrokeshire

Wally is believed to have crossed the Walrus from Greenland into the Atlantic Ocean on an ice pack before arriving at Co Kerry in the Republic of Ireland. He later swam into the Irish Sea and arrived in Tenby, Pembrokeshire

Crowds gathered at the boathouse to take photos as the walrus basked on the slipway

Crowds gathered at the boathouse to take photos as the walrus basked on the slipway

Crowds gathered at the boathouse to take photos as the walrus basked on the slipway

In recent days, it has taken refuge on the RNLI slipway, where lifeboat chiefs keep the crowds away.

Cleopatra Browne of Welsh Marine Life Rescue visited the walrus when it first arrived in Wales and said, ‘It was about the size of a cow.

‘It was a whopper. I’ve seen them on television and the news, but it was huge. ‘

Walruses are more commonly seen in the Arctic and are usually not seen that far south.

Mrs. Browne watched the walrus from about 40 meters away and believed it to be a young animal as its tusks were “about 3 inches long.”

“There’s a story that it fell asleep on an iceberg and eventually drifted across and woke up in Ireland,” Mrs. Browne said.

Wally the Walrus was first seen in County Kerry in the Republic of Ireland before traveling to Pembrokeshire. He has been seen in the Tenby area over the course of several days

Wally the Walrus was first seen in County Kerry in the Republic of Ireland before traveling to Pembrokeshire. He has been seen in the Tenby area over the course of several days

Wally the Walrus was first seen in County Kerry in the Republic of Ireland before traveling to Pembrokeshire. He has been seen in the Tenby area over the course of several days

“And then ended up in Wales on the way home.”

He was first seen on the coast of County Kerry in Western Ireland on March 15, before making the 450 km journey to Pembrokeshire in Wales on March 21.

The RSPCA was summoned last week to check the creature – who is ‘underweight’ – at the bottom of a cliff near Broad Haven South beach.

Experts believe that the walrus is a young adult, but it is not possible to determine its sex, as both males and females have tusks.

They said the animal may have fallen asleep on a block of ice and drifted across the ocean on its journey to Ireland.