Wally, the wandering walrus capsizes the dinghy and tries to board a fishing boat as spectators in Tenby delights after thousands of miles stray from Arctic Home
- Wally the Walrus has been spotted swimming in Tenby Harbor, Wales
- It capsized a dingy after failing to board a fishing boat in port
- Wally has become a minor celebrity after his arctic marathon journey
A wandering walrus 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.
The walrus, nicknamed Wally, capsized the dinghy in front of spectators while trying to plop aboard.
Then he was spotted trying to climb onto the fishing boat moored in Tenby harbor, Pembrokeshire, where the walrus has spent the past few days.
Animal welfare groups are monitoring the giant mammal that is believed to have visited Ireland before after traveling on an ice floe from the Arctic.
Beachgoer Martyn Thomas, 36, said he was walking along the harbor when he saw other people looking at the sea.
Wally the Walrus, pictured, was seen swimming in Tenby, Pembrokeshire
The juvenile arctic walrus, pictured, was first seen off Ireland’s west coast before moving on to Wales
The giant mammal sunk this dinghy after trying to climb aboard – possibly looking for food
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. ‘
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 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
Plumber Sean Roche, from SR Plumbing of Pembrokeshire, spent more than 20 minutes playing with the boats.
He said, ‘I was a little late for work this morning. This is the best excuse. ‘
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.
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.
“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.