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Wally the Walrus Swam from Ireland to Iceland

By Yelena

Wally the walrus Höfn
Photo: Hornarfjarðarhöfn/Facebook. Wally the walrus in Höfn harbour on September 19, 2021.

The walrus spotted on Sunday night in Höfn, Southeast Iceland, has been identified as Wally the Walrus, who was last seen in West Cork, Ireland. Wally, reportedly a young male, has made quite a journey of nearly 5,000km [2,485mi] this summer: and has been spotted in Spain, Wales, and the Isles of Scilly (off the UK coast).

Wally was identified by Seal Rescue Ireland thanks to scars on his front flippers. He was first seen in Iceland 22 days after his last sighting in West Cork. “We are absolutely over the moon that he’s not only still alive and well, but he is well on his way home to the Arctic,” a Facebook post from the organisation stated.


Iceland does not have a local walrus population, though a walrus does turn up in the country every few years or so, usually arriving from Greenland.

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