Wally the Walrus Appearing to Drive the Boat He Clambered Into During His Latest Escapade
Wally has has been filmed ‘steering’ a motorboat along the Irish coast as he continues to make a nuisance of himself.
The lonely walrus has been on a 2,500 mile solo trip for months and recently spent more than six weeks off Cornwall.
Wally is believed to be from Svalbard, north of Norway, and to have travelled by himself between Wales, England, and France.
But the wandering walrus has now made a home for himself off the Irish coast.
And recent footage shows Wally seemingly cruising along the coast on a luxury motorboat belonging to Clonakilty Distillery in West Cork.
Posting the video online, the distillery said: “One of our team had an unexpected Arctic visitor on their boat this evening.
“Wally the walrus spotted in Clonakilty today… We reckon he must have stopped by on his travels for a refreshing Minke G&T.”
The boat is ordinarily used to forage for rock samphire, a botanical used in gin production.
The large sea mammal, thought to be around four years old, has reportedly sunk one small boat and damaged several others on his visit to Cork.
It was first seen in Ireland before taking up residence in Tenby, Pembrokeshire in March.
Seal Rescue Ireland has now launched an appeal for a pontoon or other floating platform for Wally to use as a “safe, designated haul-out site” for him to rest on undisturbed.
The charity said: “We are looking for a pontoon/floating platform as a safe haul-out site for the Walrus, so that he can be effectively monitored, protected from disturbance, and damage to property prevented.
“As a Pinniped (like seals and sea lions), Walruses are semi-aquatic, which means they must come up on land (or a floating object) to rest.
Such a pontoon would be similar to one built for the walrus during his time on the Isles of Scilly.
The BDMLR and St Mary’s Harbour Authority constructed a specific customized pontoon replicating his apparent need for physical contact.