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Niall Dollard

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Walrus lands on island off the west coast of Ireland
« on: March 15, 2021, 01:03:17 AM »
Well outside of their usual range, a young exhausted arctic walrus made an appearance on Valentia Island. A very rare visitor.

https://amp.rte.ie/amp/1203982/

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Re: Walrus lands on island off the west coast of Ireland
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2021, 10:43:09 AM »
Maybe it was one of it's cousins, which paid a visit to the northern part of Denmark during 17th-18th February this year:

https://www.tvmidtvest.dk/thisted/sensationel-hvalros-er-dukket-op-paa-stranden-i-vorupoer

Apparently, this type of visitors from Svalbard/NE Greenland shows up every 10 years on average.
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Re: Walrus lands on island off the west coast of Ireland
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2021, 12:19:48 AM »
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group stated that this was only the third validated sighting of a walrus in Ireland since 1999.

It's theorised it arrived via a melting iceberg.

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Re: Walrus lands on island off the west coast of Ireland
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2021, 12:47:13 AM »
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group stated that this was only the third validated sighting of a walrus in Ireland since 1999.

It's theorised it arrived via a melting iceberg.

Awesome :)

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Re: Walrus lands on island off the west coast of Ireland
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2021, 02:44:14 AM »
6 days later and the same walrus has now been spotted in Wales !
https://amp.rte.ie/amp/1205199/

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Re: Walrus lands on island off the west coast of Ireland
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2021, 03:21:41 AM »
Coming to a shore near you.


WALRUS WORLD TOUR! ;D

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Re: Walrus on Tour - Ireland, Wales and now Cornwall
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2021, 04:35:48 PM »
the Walrus has arrived in Cornwall

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-57173225
Wally the Walrus: Arctic animal spotted for first time in Cornwall


Cornwall Wildlife Trust said the sighting off Padstow on Wednesday was the first of a walrus, an Arctic animal, in the area
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Cornwall Wildlife Trust said the sighting of the Arctic animal off Padstow was "absolutely a first".

It is thought to be the same walrus that was spotted in Pembrokeshire earlier this year who has become known as Wally.

Nathaniel Barry, who saw the walrus on a sea safari on Wednesday, said: "I've always wanted to see them but they are usually nowhere near Cornwall."


Mr Barry said the skipper first thought it was a grey seal: "It popped up maybe 10m (30ft) away from us and the first thing I saw were these tusks.

"I was just in shock. It's the first time I believe that anyone in Cornwall has seen a walrus."

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