Walrus first seen in Ireland

A huge walrus was spotted off the west coast of Ireland on Sunday, the first confirmed sighting of the fanged creature in the country, according to a report.

The marine mammal was discovered in the rocks along Kerry’s Valentia Island, witnesses told the Irish Independent.

“He came out of the water onto the rocks and gave us a bit of a show,” Alan Houlihan told the newspaper.

“At first I thought it was a seal and then we saw the tusks,” said Houlihan, who was with her 5-year-old daughter when they saw the walrus.

Marine biologist Kevin Flannery, director of a local aquarium, told the outlet that Sunday’s discovery “is the first confirmed sighting of a walrus” in Ireland.

“It’s amazing … it’s unique as far as I’m concerned.”

Flannery theorizes that the walrus inadvertently traveled from the Arctic on an iceberg.

“He’s from the Arctic,” Flannery told the newspaper. “I would say what happened is that he fell asleep on an iceberg and he drifted and then he went too far, in the mid-Atlantic or somewhere like that, possibly Greenland.”


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