“Exciting sighting!”: Fisherman spots a huge walrus sunning itself on a rock

He has made an unbelievable journey!

Creel fisherman Lorn MacRae noticed a massive Arctic walrus basking in the sun on Cairn Na Burgh Beag. Seeing the photos of the animal, the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust charity organization described it as “massive”.

The charity organization has been monitoring wildlife for 25 years. They mentioned, that the sighting of this animal was the first record of a walrus on its database, which means it’s significant for the area.

HWDT also urged people to keep a proper distance from the wild marine animal and stay around no more than 15 minutes. “While this is an exciting sighting, welfare concerns have been raised when walruses have hauled out in more popular areas”.

Rescue and community coordinator, Molly Gray, said: “We ask that everyone behaves sensibly and responsibly in response to the news of another walrus in the area, and we advise giving the animal a very wide berth to avoid disturbing it”.

It turns out, that walruses travel long distance and need some breaks to regain energy and move on again. Too much noise and movement around them might disturb the animal, impacting the chances of its survival.

The photos of the walrus were later followed by photos of some other endangered species that were noticed far from their natural Arctic habitat.

A wandering walrus was noticed in the Netherlands for the first time in the past 45 years. The walrus was named Thor, who later traveled along the coast of France. HWDT has doubts that this is the same walrus, and “if it’s him, he’s made an unbelievable journey!”.

 

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