Wally’s big tour! Walking walrus is on the road again, popping up 390 miles away in FRANCE after being last spotted in Cornwall
- The arctic mammal was spotted off the west coast of France this week
- He was last seen in Cornwall, meaning he traveled a further 390 miles south
- Experts believe he fell asleep on a block of ice and floated across the ocean
- Wally was first spotted in UK waters in County Kerry, Ireland earlier this year
Wally the Walrus has left British waters for France after having traveled nearly 400 since his last sighting in Cornwall.
The Arctic mammal has delighted communities in Pembrokeshire, Cornwall in recent months on its nearly 2,000-mile adventure from its home in Greenland.
He was last seen near Padstow earlier this month, having first arrived in the British Isles in March, when he was spotted in County Kerry, Ireland.
It means that Wally has swum a whopping 390 miles from his layover in Cornwall.
The mammal has had quite an adventure from its home in the artic circle.
Six days after they first appeared in Ireland in March, the RSPCA was called upon to check the creature – who was ‘underweight’ – at the bottom of a cliff near Broad Haven South beach in Pembrokeshire, Wales.
Photos show Wally de Walrus basking on the rocks in Les Sables d’Olonne, France
Wally is believed to have drifted on ice from Greenland to County Kerry, Ireland before moving to Tenby in Wales, then Cornwall and now the west coast of France.
But after he became a well-known figure in the area, animal welfare organizations believe he left after being “ clearly disturbed ” by day trippers getting too close.
Irresponsible tourists attempted to approach him with jet skis, paddleboards and drones while resting on an RNLI boat slip in the city’s harbor.
It became a concern for RNLI volunteers, who had to resort to chasing Wally off the slipway, using brooms and air horns to try to move the animal.
Wally was last spotted near Padstow, 390 miles from France earlier this month
He is believed to have been hit by a boat on his journey, but he is being looked after by experts
The RSPCA Cymru and Dyfed-Powys Police had to plead with tourists to keep their distance from Wally, which is protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
After months of sitting in the Welsh sun, he then traveled further south, where he turned up in Cornwall for a few days.
But it has now migrated further south to Les Sables d’Olonne in western France, making it the first sighting of a walrus in 50 years.
The city’s Facebook page has revealed that the animal appears to have been hit by a boat during its journey and is being cared for by experts.
Wally the Walrus traveled from Wales to Cornwall and has now migrated further south
The photos show how Wally basked in the French sun on the rocks on May 27.
The people in Tenby are hopeful that Wally will return to Wales after his stay in France, having become a local celebrity, with many shops selling Wally the Walrus merchandise.
Experts believe that Wally initially fell asleep on a block of ice and drifted across the ocean.
RSPCA animal rescue officer Ellie West described Wally’s condition as “ sad ” on Radio 4’s Today program in March.
Wally caused quite a few scenes in Wales when he was lounging on the slipway of the RNLI
Wally has become an icon in Tenby, Wales, where shops sell walrus wares
It is hoped that the mammal will return to Tenby after its visit to the French coast
She said at the time, ‘Although it is a very unusual sight […] it’s quite a sad event because we must remember that this walrus is very, very far from where it should be.
‘We are talking about a wild animal that is still very mobile. He is very large, we are talking about much bigger than our normal seals. This one, although tall, is a bit underweight. ‘