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The story of Wally the Walrus and his penchant for stealing boats is taking the world by storm. Wally has been seen in various locations recently, from Tenby, Wales to Ardmore, Ireland, and even to Clonakilty Distillery in West Cork. Still, each time he is commandeering a boat. If you plan on buying a pickup truck to tow your boat, you might need to factor in the weight of a walrus first.

How does Wally the Walrus steal boats?

Wally the Walrus driving a boat
Wally the Walrus driving a boat | Wally the Walrus Via SWNS YouTube

Have you heard about this four-year-old Walrus in Ireland? Wally the Walrus might not be swimming to these boats under cover of darkness with nefarious intentions, but he sure is taking over. As you can see, Wall doesn’t discriminate when it comes to watercraft. According to the Good News Network, the boat belongs to the Clonakilty Distillery in Cork. It is used to forage for rock samphire, a botanical used in gin production at the Distillery.

According to the official Seal Rescue Ireland group’s Facebook page, the WalrusWatch group appealed to locals. Wally the Walrus has been on a 2,500-mile journey and needed a place to land. The walrus named Wally is only semi-aquatic and needs to float on a boat to take a rest occasionally. You can watch him appear to drive this boat on the SWNS YouTube channel.

WalrusWatch was hoping to find a boat for this famous Walrus to rest upon. It didn’t need to have an engine or anything fancy, just a nice place for Wally the Walrus to have a rest while he moves around the coast of western Europe.

It appears Wally the Walrus is on the move again, but after a quick nap

Wally the Walrus
Wally the Walrus photographed in Tenby, Wales before the boat theft | Huw Fairclough/Getty Images

Wally Walrus has been seen sunning himself in various places, but he seems to enjoy boats the most. A walrus can weigh over 2,000 pounds, which is enough to sink some smaller vessels. While Wally appears quite relaxed, he is easily spooked.

This Walrus in Ireland was recently seen in the Isles of Scilly in England and must have stolen another boat to head to Ireland. While in Scilly, the British Divers Marine Life Rescue group built Wally a large pontoon boat to rest on. This kept the sea pup safe and gave the divers an unusual project.

While Wally the Walrus hasn’t exactly asked for permission to board these boast before hopping on, most don’t seem to mind. He did sink a few vessels in the Isles of Scilly before the rescue group provided the pontoon.

Keeping the famous boater safe

Wally enjoys larger boats that are easier to board, and you can’t blame him for that. Some people tried to deter the theft with air horns and other techniques, but that didn’t work for long. It seems the rescue groups have come together to try and find a suitable boat for the sneaky fellow. The good news is that Wally the Walrus does not have a boating license, so he isn’t taking these vessels very far. Plus, this has to be good for resale value. If you live in the area and have a boat for Wally, contact the local WalrusWatch rescue shared above.


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