That's a doozy of a nap! Never before has a walrus been sighted off the coast of Ireland.
Alan Houlihan and his 5-year-old daughter first spotted the large animal as they walked along Glanleam Beach in Ireland. As you might have figured out, a walrus sighting is rare in Ireland. In fact, such a sighting has been recorded on "April 3, 1999, near Clew Bay in County Mayo, and October 5, 2004," in the same location (according to the Irish Whale & Dolphin Group).
Houlihan said, "I thought it was a seal at first and then we saw the tusks. He kind of jumped up on the rocks. He was massive. He was about the size of a bull or a cow, pretty similar in size, he's big, big."
The young adult walrus gave passersby quite a show as it breached the water onto the rocks. Check out the video below:
"I'd 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 like that down off Greenland possibly," he said. "That is usually what happens... they fall asleep on an iceberg and get carried off from the Arctic," Kevin Flannery, the director of Oceanworld Aquarium in Dingle, Co. Kerry, told the Irish Independent.
As with any wildlife, especially displaced on a different continent, wildlife officials urge onlookers to keep a safe distance between themselves and the animals. Wild animals are just that—wild. They can rely on their own instincts and cause great harm when they feel threatened.
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