- An Arctic walrus found itself thousands of miles from home this weekend off the coast of Ireland.
- Marine biologists concur the walrus is likely rather young based on the size of its tusks.
- One specialist theorized the animal wandered far from home after going to sleep on an iceberg
- See more stories on Insider’s business page.
Thousands of miles from the Polar circle most walruses call house, one young marine mammal was spotted off the coast of Ireland’s County Kerry Sunday by a local daddy and child duo.Five-year-old Muireann
and her father Alan Houlihan were strolling Ireland’s Valentia Island on a Sunday stroll when Muireann found the huge creature breaching out of the water and onto the rocks.– JennïeØSullivân( @OSullivanJennie)March 14,
2021 Houlihan told the Irish Examiner they initially believed the creature was a seal prior to
identifying its tusks, and said the walrus was enormous in size, about the size of “a bull or cow.”” He was resting on the rock now kind of posturing, at one stage there he threw up a fin and it appeared like he was offering all of us the birdie, “Houlihan told the outlet. Marine biologists agreed the walrus was likely rather young based on the size of its tusks.
Many researchers also stressed how uncommon it was for a walrus to be so far south, regardless of the animal’s ability to take a trip huge ranges.” It’s a long method from home however it looks like a fit, fat, young walrus, which may be capable of making it house,” Peter Richardson, head of ocean recovery at the Marine Preservation Society informed the Daily Mail.Another marine biologist, Kevin Flannery of Dingle Oceanworld, has his own theory for how the Arctic animal discovered itself up until now from home.”He’s from the Arctic. I ‘d state what took place is he fell asleep on an iceberg and wandered off and after that he was
gone too far, out into the mid-Atlantic or someplace like that down off Greenland possibly,”Flannery informed the Independent. He stated the animal would be “quite worn out “and “pretty starving “after his long trip. But Tom Arnbom, a senior advisor to
WWF on the Arctic disagreed. The wildlife specialist informed BBC News the walrus most likely deliberately
ventured far from its home looking for food off the Irish coast. “Frequently it is adolescent animals that venture on long journeys” to discover brand-new locations to breed, he told the outlet.Arnbom stated the animals have to come near the shallows in order
to eat mussels and clams of which they eat up to several thousand a day.” It is lost while it is far from any good friends, however I am not
afraid that it will die,” Arnbom told the BBC.Flannery and Arnbom both revealed hope that the young walrus would eventually find his method back to his North Atlantic
home.Experts warned the general public to keep their distance from the giant animal to prevent scaring the animal and endangering themselves.The BBC reported there were no sightings of the animal in the area Monday, however Richardson told the Daily Mail there are a lot of mollusks for the hungry walrus to feed upon in the vicinity and it’s possible the animal is undersea out of sight, however still in the location. The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group said this marks just the 3rd confirmed sighting of a walrus in the country because 1999.