Jet skiers and surfers are warned to avoid the walruses that made their homes off the coast of Pembrokeshire.
Called Wally Wallace by curious locals, the mammal is believed to have arrived from the Arctic by drifting ice and was seen off the coast of Kelly earlier this month before reaching the Welsh coast.
After being first seen on a rock near Broadhaven South Beach, we headed to Tenby. In Tenby, the lifeboat crew kept people away from him and spent several days on the RNLI slipway.
Wildlife groups are now urging tourists to leave Wally peacefully after reports that jet skiers, surfers and paddle borders are getting too close and “obstructing” Wally.
The warning is issued just two weeks after Freddie had to break the seal after being attacked by a dog near the Hammersmith Bridge in Burns, southwest London.
Rebecca Saben Claire QC, the owner of the dog that beat Freddie, said she remained “painful” because she had to defeat a seal puppy after being seriously injured during the attack.
Conservation groups in Penbrookshire urged people drawn to the area to “enjoy Wally from afar.”
In a statement, RSPCA, Wales Marine Rescue Team, Tenby Lifeboat Service, British Divers Marine Life Rescue Team, and other conservation groups warned visitors that they were “too close.”
They say: “I’m really worried about hearing reports of trying to get close to him with a jet ski or paddle and surfboard. This isn’t his best interests and encourages people to act responsibly this weekend. . “
The statement added: “It is exciting and unusual for walruses to temporarily live in Tenby, and many people may want to visit the area on bank holiday weekends in the hope of getting a glimpse of the walruses. However, it is in his best interest to leave him alone as much as possible, so he remembers that he is a wild animal and asks people to avoid the temptation to approach and disturb him. “
Wally is protected under 1981 wildlife and country law, and anyone who finds it in the way of animals can commit a criminal offense.
Seiuchi resurfaced on the rocks of the Pembrokeshire coastline on March 21 after being first discovered by 5-year-old Muireann Houlihan off the island of Valentina, Kelly on March 15.
“This Arctic walrus seems to have swam in Wales and rested on a rock when I went to investigate,” said Erie West, an animal rescue worker.
She said the walrus was “a little underweight” but “resting” and “no signs of illness or injury.”
Spectators reported on Wednesday that Wally had flipped a small rowing boat as he tried to flop on a boat before trying to climb on a fishing boat moored at Tenby Harbor.
Martin Thomas, 36, said, “I saw a walrus when I turned the dinghy over. When I tried to get on it, I said I turned the walrus over. Next, I tried to get on the fishing boat and got my flippers right. I had it. To the deck. It was as if I wanted to ride. “