Probably one of the most famous walruses in Europe, and Wally, “the famous migratory Arctic walrus”, got up close and personal with a boat full of tourists off the coast of Britain.
The adventurous animal is believed to have been driven out of the Arctic on an iceberg and was first spotted on islands north of Scotland.
After subsequent trips to Ireland, Spain, France and Greenland, he showed his tusks again last week on the Isles of Scilly, an archipelago off the southwestern tip of Cornwall.
Video footage shows the juvenile male trying to climb aboard a tourist boat near Porthcressa Bay.
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Boatswain Rafe Ward, 33, recorded his close encounter with the friendly walrus.
The creature got up close on its yacht – called the Calypso – while tourists marveled at the rare opportunity.
Scilly-born Rafe, the owner of Calypso Boating Scilly, said he heard Wally was nearby and rerouted his normal tour around two islands to take a look.
Rafe said, âI wasn’t sure we’d see him, but we spotted him right away.
âI tried to keep my distance, but he clearly liked the boat – and it’s a beautiful boat so I’m not blaming him!
âIt was great to see him in person because he’s been spotted all over the place lately. My main thing was to protect everyone on board and we would never have gotten anywhere near Wally if it was dangerous – he just wanted to say hello!
“Everyone on board loved it – one man said it was more exciting than diving the Great Barrier Reef!”
Wally showed up off Tenby, south Wales, in March before traveling to Cornwall, then swimming to the French coast before moving to Bilbao, Spain.
– SWNS via AP