It seems that Tenby’s visiting Arctic walrus, affectionately nicknamed Wally, may have packed his case for a UK staycation over to Cornwall!

Wally was last spotted on the RNLI lifeboat station slipway in Tenby on Monday, and not been seen since around the seaside town seas.

However, on Wednesday, posting on Facebook the ‘Padstow Sealife Safaris’ boat trips showed an image of a walrus that passengers and crew members had spotted in their area.

“This afternoon our passengers and crew were absolutely astounded to spot what they first thought was a very large seal, only for it to pop up and reveal a pair of tusks!” they wrote.

“Walruses are native to Arctic waters so this individual is sadly very far from home and thought to be the same individual that has been spotted in Ireland and, more recently, spending a few weeks in Wales, where it has affectionately been named Wally.

“It had been hoped that as the water temperatures increase, the walrus would make its way back up north to cold water and closer to home, but he seems to be doing the opposite.

“He seemed to be on the move so is unlikely to hang around in the area but if spotted again, it is important to give the walrus plenty of space and respect.

“We hope Wally can find his way home soon as he must be quite lonely so far from others of his kind,” they added.

It is believed that Wally arrived from the Arctic on an ice floe, and was initially seen off County Kerry earlier in March, before he ended up on the Pembrokeshire coast, being spotted on rocks near Broad Haven beach.

He arrived in Tenby on March 27, coincidentally the day that Covid travel restrictions in Wales were lifted, and could be spotted relaxing on the lifeboat station slipway, or splashing around in the sea around Castle Hill most days.The charity Welsh Marine Life Rescue, whose volunteers have been monitoring the walrus since it made it to Pembrokeshire, commented: “It would appear that Wally has been spotted in Cornwall. Pinnipeds can swim quite some distance, so popping across the Bristol Channel is quite easy for the big guy.“