Wally the wandering walrus settles on a motor boat

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Wally the wandering walrus settles on a motor boat


Europe’s famous wandering walrus has settled off the coast of Co Cork.

Nicknamed “Wally”, the arctic animal has traveled thousands of miles, with stops in the UK, France and as far south as Spain.

It reappeared in Co Waterford last week, and now the mammal has “come out” on a boat belonging to the Clonakilty Distillery in West Cork.

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Wally “went out” on a boat belonging to a West Cork distillery. Pic: Clonakilty Distillery
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The mammal is said to have sunk a small boat and damaged several others during its visit to Cork. Pic: Clonakilty Distillery

Adam Collins, a spokesperson for the distillery, told Sky News that the company had “agreed to allow Wally to use the boat for as long as needed and not to move it until a more solution. permanent can be found ”.

The boat is typically used to search for salicornia, a plant used in the production of gin.

The large marine mammal, believed to be around four years old, is said to have sunk a small boat and damaged several others during its visit to Cork.

Seal Rescue Ireland has called for a pontoon or other floating platform to be used by Wally as a “safe grounding site, so that it can be effectively monitored, protected from disturbance and avoided property damage” .

“As a pinniped (like seals and sea lions), walruses are semi-aquatic, which means they have to climb on land (or on a floating object) to rest,” the association said. .

During his time in the Isles of Scilly in early summer, a specially designed pontoon was provided to Wally, after he sank and damaged a number of small ships.

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Seal Rescue Ireland has appealed for a pontoon or other floating platform for Wally. Pic: Clonakilty Distillery
A specially designed pontoon was provided to Wally during his stay in the Isles of Scilly earlier in the summer after sinking and damaging a number of small ships.  Pic: Clonakilty Distillery
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The arctic animal has traveled thousands of kilometers. Pic: Clonakilty Distillery

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group said ‘while these images have a comedic quality, there is a serious side to it because this animal is far from home and we have no way of knowing if it is stressed. , and how he can react to stressful situations ”.

The Clonakilty Distillery has "agreed to allow Wally to use the boat for as long as needed".  Pic: Distillerie Clonakilty
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The distillery “agreed to allow Wally to use the boat for as long as needed.” Pic: Clonakilty Distillery
L'Irish Whale and Dolphin Group a déclaré "although these images have a comedic quality, there is a serious side to it, as this animal is far from home and we have no way of knowing if it is stressed.".  Pic: Distillerie Clonakilty
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The large marine mammal is said to be around four years old. Pic: Clonakilty Distillery

The group asked people to stay within 100 yards of Wally and boat owners not to approach him in the water.

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