Wally the Walrus is believed to have travelled across the Atlantic from Greenland on a sheet of ice before arriving in Co Kerry in the Irish Republic. He later swam into the Irish Sea, arriving in Tenby, Pembrokeshire
Crowds gathered by the boathouse to take pictures as the walrus sunbathed on the slipway
In the past few days it has taken refuge on the RNLI slipway where lifeboat chiefs are keeping the crowds away from it.
Cleopatra Browne, of Welsh Marine Life Rescue, visited the walrus when it first arrived in Wales, saying: ‘It was about the size of a cow.
‘It was a whopper. I’ve seen them on telly and the news but it was huge.’
Walruses are more often seen in the Arctic, and are not usually seen this far south.
Ms Browne watched the walrus from about 40m away and believed it was a young animal as its tusks were ‘about 3in long’.
‘There is a tale going around that it fell asleep on an iceberg and ended up drifting across and woke up in Ireland,’ said Ms Browne.
Wally the Walrus was first spotted in County Kerry in the Irish Republic before travelling to Pembrokeshire. He has been seen in the Tenby area over the course of several days
‘And then ended up in Wales on the way home.’
It was first seen on the coast of County Kerry in west Ireland on March 15 before making the 450km journey to Pembrokeshire in Wales on March 21.
The RSPCA were called out to check on the creature — which is ‘underweight’ — at the bottom of a cliff near Broad Haven South beach last week.
Experts believe the walrus is a young adult, but it is not possible to determine the gender, as both males and females have tusks.
They said the animal may have dozed off on a block of ice and drifted across the ocean in its trip to Ireland.
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