"I Am The Walrus," our new guest may or may not have announced as he floated towards Valentia Island in Co. Kerry atop an iceberg.
Despite current Covid-19 restrictions, Ireland received a new visitor over the weekend in the form of a walrus who is thought to have fallen asleep on an iceberg before being carried across the Atlantic Ocean to Valentia Island. It's reportedly the first confirmed sighting of a walrus on these shores and since we're on the land of 'céad míle fáilte', naturally Irish people have reached out the arm of friendship to the weary traveller.
It's not often that people can relate to the plight of a lost walrus but that's exactly what's happened over on Twitter...
Me & the Walrus have a lot in common.
But my iceberg was the last Luas & destination was the Depot! https://t.co/WZ9xlF9JkN
— Ciaran O'Connor (@CiaranOConn0r) March 15, 2021
— Aoife Marie O'Regan (@aoifemarieor) March 15, 2021
Exhausted Arctic walrus spotted on Valentia Island #Kerry today far,far from home. Rare but not unusual sight by all accounts - first official walrus sighting here on the Shannon in 1897. (Footage thanks to Seánie Murphy/Valentia) @RTEnews pic.twitter.com/yrdQR1Ibam
— JennïeØSullivân (@OSullivanJennie) March 14, 2021
Could only happen in #Kerry...
Months after #Fungie disappears, a giant walrus just happens to fall asleep on an iceberg and drift across the Atlantic Ocean.
What will they call him/her?? https://t.co/2U9oBzcm0f
— Kevin Doyle (@KevDoyle_Indo) March 14, 2021
I actually feel so bad for him. This is the walrus equivalent of falling asleep on the nitelink and ending up in Kells. https://t.co/W6s3pq2haV
— Michael Fry (@BigDirtyFry) March 15, 2021
IWDG confirmed a Walrus sighting from Valentia. Co. Kerry earlier today. We would like to thank Alan Houlihan Who reported this sighting to us today March 14th 2021 from west of Knightstown, Valentia Island, Co. Kerry. pic.twitter.com/YxawS9Q4z2
— Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (@IWDGnews) March 14, 2021
Yep, we've all been there buddy. Let's hope our new friend can return safely to his family sooner rather than later. In the meantime, the Irish Whale & Dolphin Group have asked that people 'observe this wayward traveler from a safe distance and to give it the space it requires and submit any subsequent sightings to the IWDG sighting scheme.'
Members of the public can do so via this link.