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Wally the walrus appears to have finished his tour of mainland Europe and was sighted trying to board a tourist boat off the Isles of Scilly on Friday 18 June.

The wandering walrus, which was first sighted off Ireland and then turned up in Wales, moved on past Cornwall into France, and had last been spotted in Bilbao, Spain, two weeks ago, now appears to be heading north again.

On Friday, he was filmed trying to board various boats off the Isles of Scilly, which lie some 28 miles off the tip of Cornwall. And then he was seen off Porthcressa Beach on St Mary's.

BDMLR (British Divers Marine Life Rescue) and the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust have confirmed the animal is the well-travelled Wally.

The organisations again urged people to ‘give the walrus plenty of space, not to approach or follow him, and to respect him while he visits the islands by not disturbing him'.

Photo credit: Will Wagstaff

 

Mark Evans
Mark Evans
Scuba Diver's Editor-in-Chief Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. 30-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.

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