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Wally the walrus, who has become a celebrity in Tenby after moving to Wales from Ireland, has now been spotted off the north coast of Cornwall.

Nathaniel Barry, of Padstow Sealife Safaris, thought it was a grey seal when he first saw it, but then the mammal lifted its head and he saw the distinctive tusks.

“I was just in shock,” he said. “It's the first time I believe that anyone in Cornwall has seen a walrus.”

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Wally the walrus off the Cornish coast.

Wally was last seen swimming off into the direction of Tintagel, but sightseers are being urged to steer well clear of the animal.

Abby Crosby, marine conservation officer from Cornwall Wildlife Trust, said: “It's wonderful to hear he's on our coastline, but marine disturbance is a massive problem in Cornwall.

“We need to leave him in peace so he does not come to harm, which happens when they come into contact with humans.”

Photo credit: Nathanial Barry / Padstow Sealife Safaris

Mark Evans
Mark Evans
Scuba Diver's Editorial Director Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. nearly 40-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.
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