Wally’s ‘amber list’ outing: Walrus spotted in Spain nine days after being spotted off the French coast

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Wally’s ‘amber list’ outing: Walrus is seen in Spain nine days after he was spotted off the French coast – while 2,000 miles from his home in Greenland

  • The arctic mammal has been spotted soaking up the rays off the coast of Spain
  • He has dodged tugboats on a 230-mile voyage through the Bay of Biscay
  • Wally has previously appeared in Ireland, Wales, England and France
  • Experts believe he dozed on a block of ice and drifted across the ocean oceaan
  • Wally was first spotted in UK waters earlier this year in County Kerry, Ireland Ireland

Wally the walrus has been spotted soaking up the sun’s rays off the coast of Spain, as it continues to swim hundreds of miles across Europe.

The Arctic walrus dodges tugboats as it traveled 230 miles through the Bay of Biscay to the Nervión River.

The Arctic mammal has brought great joy to communities in Ireland, Pembrokeshire, Cornwall and France in recent months on its 2,000-mile adventure from its home in Greenland.

Photos show Wally the Walrus sunbathing on the rocks in Les Sables d'Olonne, France

Photos show Wally the Walrus sunbathing on the rocks in Les Sables d’Olonne, France

Wally spotters in France, where he was last seen nine days ago, said: ‘The walrus that appeared in La Rochelle last week is already in the Basque Country.

“The tugs from the superport of Bilbao found him in apparently good health in the mouth of the Nervion.”

Wally is believed to have drifted on the ice from Greenland to County Kerry, Ireland before going to Tenby in Wales, then to Cornwall, the west coast of France and finally Spain

Wally is believed to have drifted on the ice from Greenland to County Kerry, Ireland before going to Tenby in Wales, then to Cornwall, the west coast of France and finally Spain

Wally became a local celebrity when he rocked the South Wales coast in Tenby earlier this year.

He was first spotted in County Kerry, Ireland in March, before heading to the UK after falling asleep on a floating iceberg in his Arctic homeland.

Six days after first appearing in Ireland in March, the RSPCA was called to check on the creature – who was “underweight” – at the bottom of a cliff near Broad Haven South Beach in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

Wally was last spotted earlier this month near Padstow, 390 miles from France

Wally was last spotted earlier this month near Padstow, 390 miles from France

Wally caused quite a bit in Wales lazing on the slipway of the RNLI

Wally caused quite a bit in Wales lazing on the slipway of the RNLI

Wally was a major problem for concerned lifeboat chiefs in Tenby when their emergency crews were blocked by the giant on their slipway.

But after he became a well-known figure in the area, animal welfare organizations believe he left after being “obviously disturbed” by day-trippers who got too close.

Irresponsible tourists tried to approach him with jet skis, paddleboards and drones as he rested on a slipway in the city’s harbor.

It became a concern for RNLI volunteers, who had to resort to chasing Wally off the ramp with brooms and air horns to try and move the animal.

Wally the Walrus traveled from Wales to Cornwall and has now migrated further south

Wally the Walrus traveled from Wales to Cornwall and has now migrated further south

RSPCA Cymru and Dyfed-Powys Police had to plead with tourists to keep their distance from Wally, who is protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

After basking in the Welsh sun for months, he traveled further south and arrived in Cornwall for a few days.

He then migrated further south to Les Sables d’Olonne in western France, making it the first time the town had seen a walrus in 50 years.

Photos show Wally basking in the French sun on the rocks on May 27.

People in Tenby are hopeful that Wally will return to Wales after his time in France, as he has become a local celebrity, with many shops selling Wally the Walrus merchandise.

Experts believe Wally initially dozed off on a block of ice and drifted across the ocean.

Animal rescue officer Ellie West of the RSPCA described Wally’s plight as “sad” on Radio 4’s Today program in March.

She then said: ‘Although it is a very unusual sight’ […] it’s quite a sad event because we have to remember that this walrus is a very, very long way from where it should be.

‘We are talking about a wild animal that is still very mobile. It is very large, we are talking about much larger than our normal seals. This one, although of a large size, is a little underweight.’

Wally became an icon in Tenby, Wales, where shops sell walrus merchandise

Wally became an icon in Tenby, Wales, where shops sell walrus merchandise

It is hoped that the mammal will return to Tenby after its visit to the French and Spanish coasts

It is hoped that the mammal will return to Tenby after its visit to the French and Spanish coasts

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