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Arctic walruses, drifting to Ireland, now put rides on passing ships



A walrus that accidentally made its way from the Arctic Circle to an Irish beach last month, probably while nibbling on a drifting iceberg, has continued its antics by climbing on passing ships and even falling asleep on a slipway meant for lifeboats.

As the marine mammal, affectionately named Wally, has become something of a tourist attraction, conservation groups and local authorities are concerned that so much human attention could disturb the walrus. They are now warning tourists to leave the area walrus alone after reports from the Easter weekend that jet ski riders, surfers and paddleboarders have disturbed the killer whale and sniffed mammals by getting too close.




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