- An Arctic walrus chanced on itself thousands of miles from home this weekend off the coast of Ireland.
- Marine biologists agree the walrus is likely fairly young based on the dimension of its tusks.
- One expert theorized the animal drifted far from home after falling asleep on an iceberg
Thousands of miles from the Arctic Circle most walruses call home, one young marine mammal was spotted off the coast of Ireland’s County Kerry Sunday by a local father and daughter duo.
Five-year-mature Muireann and her father Alan Houlihan had been walking Ireland’s Valentia Island on a Sunday stroll when Muireann spotted the giant creature breaching out of the water and onto the rocks.
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Houlihan advised the Irish Examiner they first understanding the creature was a seal ahead of recognizing its tusks, and said the walrus was massive in dimension, about the dimension of “a bull or cow.”
“He was sitting on the rock now variety of posing, at one stage there he threw up a fin and it looked fancy he was giving us all the birdie,” Houlihan advised the outlet.
Marine biologists agreed the walrus was likely fairly young based on the dimension of its tusks. Many scientists also emphasized how rare it was for a walrus to be so far south, despite the animal’s ability to travel vast distances.
“It be a long way from home but it looks fancy a match, fat, young walrus, which may be capable of making it home,” Peter Richardson, head of ocean recovery at the Marine Conservation Society advised the Daily Mail.
Another marine biologist, Kevin Flannery of Dingle Oceanworld, has his acquire theory for the way the Arctic animal chanced on itself so far from home.
“He’s from the Arctic. I may possibly say what happened is he fell asleep on an iceberg and drifted off and then he was gone too far, out into the mid-Atlantic or somewhere fancy that down off Greenland probably,” Flannery advised the Self sustaining. He said the animal would be “attractive tired” and “attractive hungry” after his long voyage.
Nonetheless Tom Arnbom, a senior advisor to WWF on the Arctic disagreed. The flora and fauna expert advised BBC News the walrus likely deliberately ventured away from its home in quest of meals off the Irish coast.
“Often it is miles adolescent animals that mission on long journeys” to search out new areas to breed, he advised the outlet.
Arnbom said the animals have to come back as a lot as the shallows in repeat to eat mussels and clams of which they eat as a lot as several thousand a day.
“It’s far lost while it is miles far from any guests, but I am now not afraid that this will likely die,” Arnbom advised the BBC.
Flannery and Arnbom each expressed hope that the young walrus would eventually earn his way back to his North Atlantic home.
Experts warned the public to preserve their distance from the giant animal to avoid scaring the creature and endangering themselves.
The BBC reported there had been no sightings of the animal in the area Monday, but Richardson advised the Daily Mail there are masses of mollusks for the hungry walrus to feed on in the vicinity and it be conceivable the creature is underwater out of leer, but calm in the area.
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Community said this marks greatest the third validated sighting of a walrus in the country since 1999.