People have been warned to stay well back after a Walrus was spotted chilling on a UK beach.
The huge creature – nicknamed Thor – was discovered in Calshot, Hampshire, during the early hours yesterday (Sunday 11 December), prompting crowds to gather to get a look at the animal.
However, the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) has urged people to resist paying Thor a visit.
Dan Jarvis, director of welfare and conservation at the charity, said: “Repeated visitors are going to prevent the animal from conserving its energy and making its next journey.
“The more people than can leave it alone, the better chance it has of surviving.”
Thor was first spotted in the Netherlands on 6 November and has been travelling along the coast of France over the past few weeks, with the UK the latest stop on his European tour.
The Walrus swam off again on Sunday afternoon, but could well crop up again on a UK beach in the coming days. If Thor does, people are advised not to spread the word far and wide.
The BDMLR said: “We’ve not had any location details yet as to where it’s gone – but it may well appear somewhere along the coast again tonight or tomorrow.
“If you do happen to spot it, don’t share the location on social media but stay well clear and contact us.”
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU SEE A WALRUS ON THE BEACH?
Follow Blue Reef Aquarium’s advice and remember
Keep your distance, and don’t get too close as you could scare the Walrus or cause it harm.
Make sure dogs and other animals are kept on a lead and well away from the Walrus.
Don’t touch the animal, not only can you cause harm, but they do bite.
If you see a Walrus call the BDMLR and don’t post on social media!
These animals are amazing to watch, enjoy seeing such beautiful creatures in the wild!