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Posted By: keberoxu
28-Sep-21 - 08:39 PM
Thread Name: BS: Icelandic POV on Valli the Walrus
Subject: RE: BS: Icelandic POV on Valli the Walrus
The post from 27 September contains a link to
a Norwegian journalism update on Valli / Wally.

Having provided the link to the Norwegian,
I thought the least I could do was what was done in the OP,
and offer up a translation from Norwegian to English.
The following is based largely on Google Translate with a few touchups.

20 September 2021
from 'nettnord', byline Baard Baldur
(which if you ask me sounds like a pseudonym ... )

Headline: Summer holidays:
Norway's tourist-walrus forgot the COVID=19 restrictions...

With so many of us (humans) staying home,
Wally the Walrus has other ideas.
The four-year-old walrus spent the month of March traveling and swimming.
By way of making a pit stop during his swim,
he takes advantage of a motorboat anchored nearby,
loads his 800-Kilogram mass inside the boat, and falls asleep.
Sometimes for several days at a stretch.

Today he is an international celebrity, having gone on a solo tour of roughly 2,100 miles.

After initial sightings on the southwest coast of Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, France, Bilbao in northern Spain, and the Isles of Scilly, Wally left the scene of the vandalized boats, whether merely damaged or capsized and sunk altogether.
The sighting of the walrus in Bilbao is believed to be the longest that this area has ever viewed a walrus.

Maritime experts are not sure where the walrus came from, but walruses have been seen as far as Svalbard -- a group of islands between Norway and the North Pole.
Melanie Croce, of Seal Rescue Ireland, which includes marine mammals such as walruses, said that the Arctic ice shelf is likely to disappear due to melting, and this causes walruses to look for new habitats. And being a semi-aquatic animal -- it can sleep up to twenty hours at a time on an ice floe -- playing volleyball with a series of boats shows great resourcefulness.

"He is absolutely adorable, very attractive, and very naughty, and most people will never see a walrus in the wild in their entire lives," says [Melanie Croce], continuing: "He needs to sleep and eat so that he has enough reserves of energy and feeding to come back home, to the north, which we all really hope for. We want him to return to his Arctic habitat."
In the meantime, Where is/was Wally?
We have a photograph album here.

Maureen Houlihan, five, with her father, discovered the walrus off the coast of Valencia Island, about 2,000 miles from the walrus's Arctic home, resting on some rocks. (County Kerry?)
With only 22,000 walruses left in the world, this is the first time walruses have been sighted in Ireland since 1999, and this is a worrying indicator of climate change.

An 'Absolute First" for Tenby, Cornwall, was the sighting of Wally the Walrus on shore. Ten years ago, in the same month, Cornwall first sighted killer whales in the same location.

Then Wally was found sunning himself in Sables d'Olonne, on the west coast of France. It was the first walrus sighting in the area for fifty years. The French gendarmes who tried to get Wally away from a dinghy described the mammalian vandal as "uncooperative."
From there to Bilbao by the Nervian river delta, in June.

In the location of the seaside resort of Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales, Wally embarked on a course of vandalism and destruction.
It appeared that he had first overturned a dinghy, before attempting to get on board a fishing boat in the harbor, which stopped the locals on the trail.
"He put his flippers straight on the deck," said beachgoer Martin Thomas, 36. "He's a huge creature." Wally soon became Tenby's biggest tourist attraction. Local businesses, in creating Wally memorabilia, even named a local beer after the new celebrity.
During the Easter weekend, sightseers were seen violating COVID-19 restrictions -- tourists came from as far as Essex and Leeds -- while Wally was observed, balancing a starfish on his nose, and trying to climb out of the water on all sorts of things. Because of his small tusks, Wally was identified as a youngster. Cleopatra Brown of Welsh Marine Life Rescue was shocked by his size. "He was the size of a cow."
April: after disappearing for several days, Wally returns. The public is warned that anyone who troubles the animal can be convicted of a criminal offense under the Wildlife and Rural Act of 1981.
The mammal fled Tenby harbor after some people threw objects at him, targeted him with drones, and used fish to attract him to come closer.
RSPCA Inspector Keith Hogben says:
"We're all used to social distancing in the last year -- and we have to practice social distancing with this walrus now." Wally, however, prefers to sleep at the lifeboat station.

Summer 2020: The Isles of Scilly
Wally spends a month and a half around the Isles of Scilly on the Cornish coast. He was pictured vandalizing several boats, and an "action plan" was set up to prevent more damage. The population reported that many vessels had been sunk (including deflated dinghies) since Wally's arrival.
"No one in this county has ever been in this situation before, we do not have such large animals, and it is very disturbing," said Don Jarvis of British Divers Marine Life Rescue.

August: County Cork, Ireland
Wally the Walrus continues to harass boaters in Ireland. 38-year-old plumber Paul O. Reagan captured footage of Wally in Moore Bay in Cork. Before that, Wally was sighted in County Waterford, in southeastern Ireland, where he boarded a boat belonging to a local merchant. Patrick Shields, general manager of the five-star Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, joked: "With COVID-19, we do not have many international visitors this summer. So to host someone from Norway is so exciting."
A few days later, Wally capsized a boat belonging to a distillery in Clonacilly, West Cork. In the Daily Mail, the boat's owner, Adam Collier, said: "We are delighted to help the wonderful sea creature, and we really hope Wally can go home to his own family."

Walruses can dive up to 90 meters, and stay underwater for 30 minutes at a time. Seal Rescue Ireland hopes he will use the pontoon they have built for him, in order to rest and to gain strength for the long journey home. "We hope he will continue his journey, so he is going in the right direction now," said Melanie Croce.