WATCH: Walrus Nearly Sinks Boat As It Tries To Climb Onboard

by Matthew Memrick

A friendly, famous walrus was caught on video nearly sinking a small boat when it climbed aboard it recently.

In March, Wally the Walrus caught Irish eyes when the animal came to County Kerry ocean waters. 

According to the BBC, the 1,763-pound walrus has traveled to France, Spain, and the United Kingdom. He’s been on a 2,485-mile trip.

The website reported that the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group said Wally had sunk 1-2 boats in every harbor he enters.

Recently, he was caught on an Aug. 18 video in Crookhaven Harbour in County Cork. IWDG sighting officer Padraig Whooley warns boat owners to cover their boats or remove engines to stave off any damage.

Whooley also told Irish television viewers on RTE’s Morning Ireland not to come up to Wally, saying the walrus “was fine on its own” and that he would not benefit from human protection.

Maybe, Wally got his name after the character in the 1940s Woody Woodpecker cartoon series.

Wally Gets A Pontoon

Aussie radio station 4BC reported that Wally got a pontoon to take the place of other helpless boats. The pontoon was mean to keep the walrus from sinking any more ships.

Wally was making it difficult for Seal Rescue Ireland, however. 

Executive director Melanie Croce told the BBC that getting floats in place for the massive walrus was tough.

 “We just hope the next time he jumps off the boat, they’re going to try to take the boat away so that he uses the rib alternatively,” she told the BBC. “If he does take to the rib, which is what we’re hoping he’ll do, then that will be a designated place for him to be safe.”

Croce said the stressed animal was hopping more and more boats. She said he was showing signs of a flipper injury and warned the public to stay away. 

Wally Really A She?

The Cork Beo made a wild revelation that Wally was a female walrus. Researchers say the sex of a juvenile walrus is hard to determine just from sight.

The article said that scientists came up with a 2007 method to determine sex by looking at the size and shape of their jaws. The measurements include length/height of the jawbone, jawbone depth, and jaw thickness of the walrus. But the problem with that is that young walruses don’t have fully fused jaws. This fact means young males can be confused with older females.  

A walrus organization called ORCA started a petition to protect Wally and his friends recently.

With more and more walruses coming close to land, like at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, the need to protect these massive walruses is essential.

The organization called for changes in Ireland’s Wildlife Protection Act to include walruses.