After two months of doing a grand tour of the Scottish Islands and Northern coasts, it looks like ‘Wally’ the Arctic walrus has finally left for cooler waters.
Affectionately named after the pink blubbered cartoon character, who was Woody Woodpecker’s famous adversary, Wally first landed in Scottish waters on 8th March at North Ronaldsay, before heading westwards to the Outer Hebrides and then doubling back on himself. He was last seen sunning himself on the beach at Wick on 25th May. Wally has not been spotted since, so it is likely he has returned to the open sea and lands further north. This is the first time a walrus has been spotted on the Scottish mainland since 1954. Walrus’ normally inhabit the far northern fringe of the arctic circle. The nearest breeding grounds are on the coasts of Greenland and Svalbard, some 1,000 miles away.