Wally’s tour of West Cork continues.
The famous 800kg Arctic walrus has surfaced in Crookhaven Harbour this morning, captured in this snap shared on Twitter by Professor Tom Cotter.
Crookhaven west cork this morning! pic.twitter.com/m2ZhczobUP
— Tom Cotter (@ProfTomCotter) August 18, 2021
Earlier this summer, Wally returned to the coast of Cork after spending some time in Cornwall, Kerry and Ardmore, Co. Waterford. Since then, he’s been spotted in Youghal and Courtmacsherry, leaving a trail of destruction and sunken boats behind him.
As Wally has clearly taken a liking to southern waters, Seal Rescue Ireland is continuing its efforts to provide a pontoon or floating platform as a safe haul-out site for the walrus, so that he can be effectively monitored and protected from disturbance (and dissuaded from damaging boats).
“Pint of Murphy’s and an open crab sandwich there please Dermot, good man…”
— Cathal Malone (@cathalmalone) August 18, 2021
A suitable floating ‘sofa’ has now been built and it is understood that marine life experts are ready to bring it to Wally’s next location.
In the meantime, the public is advised to give the enormous pinniped his space.
“We ask that people please respect him quietly from a distance of at least 100m, as this is crucial to his survival and welfare, and wildlife harassment is illegal.” the organisation said in a Facebook post.