Wally the Walrus visits West Cork on newest leg of wonderful journey



On the latest leg of his outstanding journey, Wally the wandering walrus who was first noticed off Valentia Island in Co. Kerry again in March 2021, was seen lounging aboard a moored motorboat in a small cove close to Clonakilty on the West Cork coast.Wally, a younger male walrus, has travelled extensively on his journey south. After that first sighting in Kerry he’s frolicked in south Wales, Cornwall, the Atlantic coast of France and as far south as Bilbao in northern Spain earlier than working his method again by way of the Scilly Isles to Waterford and, most not too long ago, West Cork.As documented by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group on its web site, Wally’s stops embrace:Map exhibiting the walrus’s unbelievable journey courtesy of the IWDG web site.Valentia Island, Co. Kerry, SW Eire, 14 MarchBroadhaven, South Pembrokeshire, South Wales, UK 20 MarchTenby bay, South Wales, UK, 29 March to 19 AprilPadstow, Cornwall, UK 20 MayLes Sables d’Olonne, France, 27 MayLa Rochelle, France 28 Could to 29 MayRiver Nervion, Bilbao, Spain 04 June to 06 JuneHelen’s Scilly, UK 18 June to 30 JulyClonea Strand/Ardmore Bay, Waterford, Eire, 02 August to 05 AugWe can now add one other cease to that listing: after trying out Courtmacsherry on 08 August, Wally spent the 09-10 August lounging on a motorboat at a small cove alongside the West Cork coast close to Ardfield, Clonakilty.Because of his huge bulk, the walrus has broken a number of small boats and sunk at the least one in his makes an attempt to haul out, prompting Seal Rescue Eire to attraction for the donation of an outdated/unused RIB or pontoon to provide Wally a protected haven to relaxation on. They’re additionally urging folks to provide the walrus house, initially advising folks to remain at the least 300m from the animal, a determine they revised to a extra wise 100m of their most up-to-date replace. Even that extra reasonable determine appears an excessive amount of for some boat operators to stay to, with latest examples of vessels approaching inside 5 metres of the resting animal.Do you have to get the prospect to see Wally the Walrus on his go to to Eire, by all means, achieve this. It’s an unbelievable alternative to expertise a captivating creature that so not often visits our shores — however please, present him the respect he deserves and keep on with that Seal Rescue Eire suggested restrict of 100m to keep away from undue disturbance to the animal.

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