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Mors Wally has come to Iceland. “We will see more and more arctic species become vagrants”

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A Mors named Wally, made famous by traveling in Europe, has been spotted in Iceland more than 900 kilometers from its last known location, said Seal Rescue Ireland.

Wally was previously sighted 22 days ago in West Cork, Ireland. This raised concerns for his safety, but Irish organization Seal Rescue Ireland said the walrus from the photos taken in Iceland was actually Wally.

– Arctic animal species such as walruses, polar bears and many species of seals use sea ice as their habitat. When sea ice disappears due to climate change, these animals lose their habitat, Melanie Croce, executive director at Seal Rescue Ireland, told Reuters. “We can expect to see more and more arctic species becoming vagrants and displaced from their natural habitats, forced to explore new areas,” she added.

Croce identified Wally by comparing photos from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue as well as other seal rescue centers in the UK and Europe where the walrus had previously been spotted.

We recently wrote that Wally was a nuisance to boat owners off the coast of Ireland and Great Britain.

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Main photo source: LILJA JOHANNESDOTTIR / Reuters

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