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Arctic walrus spotted along Waterford coastline

Experts have confirmed that the arctic walrus, which was spotted off Kerry four months ago, has reappeared off the coast of Waterford.

The walrus was spotted off Clonea Strand and Ardmore Bay in Waterford, with Irish Dolphin and Whale Group sightings officer Pádraig Whooley stating that the animal had distinctive white blotches on its left flipper.

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According to Whooley, who spoke on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, the walrus completed a 2,000km journey after travelling to Wales, England and France before returning to Ireland.

Noting that the walrus travelled as far as La Rochelle in France, Whooley said that it was unclear as to why the animal has returned to Ireland.

He added that walruses can travel very fast while stating, “Distances mean very, very little to this animal.”

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It’s hoped that the walrus, AKA Wally, will spend some time here before tracking back north towards a more comfortable habitat, while the public has been urged to give the animal a “respectful distance”.

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