Valentia’s special visitor makes his way to Celtic cousins in Wales

It seems the surprise visitor to Valentia last weekend is covering ground and has now turned up in Wales where he was spotted last weekend – just seven days after coming onto land on Valentia island.

he rare sight of an Arctic Walrus in this part of the world put Valentia in the spotlight and more-so five-year old Muireann Houlihan who was the first to spot the rare mammal.

Her father Alan immediately filmed the large creature and this video footage and photos of the animal have made headlines across the world given the unique arrival of a walrus to this region.

“It was huge. It was the size of a bull or even bigger,” Alan told The Kerryman.

Marine experts said that it was extremely rare to witness a walrus on our shores.

To date there has been 11 sightings overall but not all would have the evidence as captured by Alan while out walking with this daughter in the woods near Glanleam beach on Valentia island on Sunday morning.

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5-year old Muireann Houlihan who spotted the walrus on Valentia 5-year old Muireann Houlihan who spotted the walrus on Valentia

5-year old Muireann Houlihan who spotted the walrus on Valentia

5-year old Muireann Houlihan who spotted the walrus on Valentia

Seal Rescue Ireland and Welsh Marine Life Rescue (WMLR) both say they believe the walrus, who was seen in South Pembrokeshire, at the weekend, is the same animal which made a brief appearance at Valentia Island last Sunday, based on the size of his tusks. The walrus also did not stay long in Wales either. He was seen resting for a few hours before returning to the water and is likely to be making his way to more native waters. Experts believe he is quite young and underweight but given that he has made it to Wales in just seven days he appears to be in good condition overall.

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