Wally the walrus has become quite a celebrity here in the Isles of Scilly, but not for the best of reasons. Over the past week or so he has been targetting dinghies attached to boats in St Marys Harbour. He seems to see them as very desirable beds to lie out in the sun on. The problem is he is HUGE and he tries to mount the dinghies by sticking his very menacing tusks into to them. Result – several very badly damaged dinghies.
In an effort to overcome the problem the local harbour authorities have constructed a special sunbed for Wally, using a plastic pontoon, which they have moored in the harbour with signs to keep well clear. It is not known why he is so far from his normal feeding grounds or why he seems to like human company but it is hoped he will feed well and build up his strength sufficiently to return to his natural home.