Last month, a walrus accidentally arrived at the Irish beach from the Arctic Circle, probably when he was hitting a drifting iceberg. He climbed a passing ship and even fell asleep on a slide used for a lifeboat to continue his antics.
Since marine mammals (called Wally) have become a tourist attraction to some extent, conservation organizations and local authorities worry that too much human attention will interfere with walruses.They are now warning tourists to leave walrus Only during Easter weekend there were reports that motorboat riders, surfers, and paddlers had been disturbing fuel, leaving mammals wandering because they were too close.
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But Wally’s journey did not end on that beach. He traveled 280 miles (450 kilometers) south from County Kerry to Pembrokeshire in Wales in only six days.
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Wally Visual Identity A conservation organization, like the walrus seen in Ireland, used free-riding to incite mischief. Witnesses said that this cattle-sized mammal was cumbersome trying to ride in a small boat, which eventually caused the hull to capsize.
The joint statement issued by RSPCA, Tenby Port Captain, Welsh Sea Life Rescue, Tenby Lifeboat Station, British Divers Sea Life Rescue, Natural Resources Wales and CSIP Marine Environmental Monitoring Agency has warned tourists not to get too close to the protected Wally. Enacted by the Wild Fauna, Flora and Country Act of 1981.
They said: “We know that the temporary residence of the walrus in Tenby is exciting and unusual, and during the bank holiday weekend, many people may wish to visit the area in order to see him.” the statement. “However, it is in his best interest to be as alone as possible, so we ask people to remember that he is a wild animal and avoid the temptation to approach him and disturb him.”
The statement specifically called for leisure people in nearby waters. “We are really happy to hear reports that someone is trying to approach him with a motorboat or paddle board and surfboard-it is really not in his best interest. We urge people to act responsibly this weekend if they are in The region finds itself and can admire him from a distance,” the statement said.
Walruses are rarely seen so far south of the Arctic Circle. They usually hunt shellfish in shallow waters and rest on nearby beaches and icebergs. In 1897, walruses were first discovered off the coast of Ireland. Since then, fewer than 20 walruses have been found in Ireland. Previously reported on “Life Science”.
Walrus is not the only Arctic animal that has vacationed in the South: In 2018, Beluga whale was seen on Gravesend (Gravesend) In Kent and in 1949, Two narwhals appeared On the Thames and Medway Canal.
Originally published in “Life Science”.