A walrus named Wally has been exploring European seas, far from his home Arctic, for several months. He is believed to have slept off on an iceberg in Greenland earlier this year, which drifted south.
Even if the landscape isn’t what Wally is used to, he’s still making the most of his unplanned excursion.
Employees from Ireland’s Clonakilty Distillery noticed the stray walrus earlier this week. He’d obviously decided to take a break from fishing by commandeering one of their anchored yachts.
And it didn’t take Wally long to make himself at home.
The boat’s owners were taken aback.
Clonakilty Distillery spokesperson Adam Collins told The Dodo, “It was definitely unexpected.” “Wally has been seen in Irish seas previously, but we never expected to see him here, let alone in one of our team’s boats.”
Wally was clearly in need of a rest, and he’d located the perfect spot to do it.
Collins stated, “He appeared very calm, just resting on the boat.”
Because of Wally’s enormous girth, the boat sagged a little, but he didn’t seem to mind. That abandoned ship was suddenly all his — and its original owners couldn’t care less.
“Thank goodness, no damage was done to the boat,” Collins remarked. ”
One of our team had an unexpected Artic visitor on their boat this evening. #Wallythewalrus spotted in Clonakilty today…. we reckon he must have stopped by on his travels for a refreshing Minke G&T. 😅🍸#clonakilty #wildatlanticway #purecork pic.twitter.com/zGH8vGqotB
— ClonakiltyDistillery (@clondistillery) August 9, 2021
Wally took advantage of the chance to catch some Zs.
According to Collins, Wally was still lazing aboard the boat as evening arrived and its owners headed back to dry land. They’d had to forfeit their use of their vessel that day on account of the hijacking walrus — but there’s no hard feelings whatsoever.
“It was an amazing experience just to see him,” Collins said.