Huge update on Wally the Walrus after 22 days on missing list
22nd September 2021
A huge update has been provided on the whereabouts of Wally the Walrus after he spent 22 days on the missing list recently.© Provided by Extra.ie
Wally became a huge star across Ireland during a time when those interested were mourning the apparent loss of Fungie the Dolphin.
The large walrus was spotted on Valentia Island earlier this year, but has appeared along Ireland’s coastline on a number of occasions since.© Provided by Extra.ie A huge update has been provided on the whereabouts of Wally the Walrus after he spent 22 days on the missing list recently. Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Worries began to mount when those who were keeping an eye on Wally’s journey had not seen him in over three weeks.
Those fears were allayed on Monday when it was confirmed that Wally will ‘hopefully reunite with his own kind soon’.
In a lengthy update on Wally, Seal Rescue Ireland wrote: ‘After 22 days with no confirmed sightings, we were starting to lose hope of ever seeing the young, wandering walrus again
‘HOWEVER, we just received notice that a similar-looking walrus was sighted yesterday in ICELAND over 900 km away from Wally’s last known location in West Cork.
‘After conferring and comparing photos with our friends at British Divers Marine Life Rescue it has been confirmed that THIS IS WALLY!
‘Notice the similar scars on the front of both front flippers. We are absolutely over the moon that he’s not only still alive and well, but he is well on his way home to the Arctic
The group went on to say: ‘Thanks to his ability to feed and rest, he has successfully made the long stretch and will hopefully reunite with his own kind again soon.
‘Please always remember to give wildlife space, and put their safety and welfare first!’