Tusk master: Wally the walrus departs Isles of Scilly and heads north

Wally the Walrus seems to be returning home after spending the summer entertaining British holidaymakers, and occasionally making a mess of himself by accidentally sinking boat boats.British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), announced Tuesday that Wally had left the Isles of Scilly where he was in residence since June. There has also been a positive sighting of him off the coast of Ireland.Experts believe that the creature is returning to Svalbard, the Norwegian archipelago between Norway and the North Pole.Lizzi Larbalestier of BDMLR said that it was good news Wally had left Scilly. He will hopefully continue to move. She said that it is good that he's moving north. Because they don't want anyone to chase him, the BDMLR won't say exactly where he was spotted. Larbalestier said that we don't want to see hundreds of people searching for him.He was in St Marys, the largest of the Isles of Scilly's harbours. It wasn't safe for him nor for other harbour users. We hope people will allow him to have the space he requires now.Since March, the walrus, estimated to be around four years old has traveled approximately 2,500 miles along western Europe's coast, including Wales, Spain, and Cornwall.Wally-related merchandise can be found in the Nook Craft gift shop, Tenby, Wales. Photograph by Huw Fairclough/Getty ImagesHe caused quite a stir on Scilly by sinking boats as he climbed on top of them to rest. He was eventually given a pontoon to rest on between fishing trips for shrimps and clams in the shallow, clear water surrounding the islands.Larbalestier stated that the professional boatmen who run trips from St Marys treated him with respect, but that he was sometimes surrounded by small boats. She said that some of them were just too close.He hoped that after he had gorged himself on Scilly, he would return home. He shouldn't have been there in the first place. Larbalestier said that his navigation was probably messed up, and he just kept swimming to get here.We are so grateful for his kindness and we will never see him again. He clearly wanted to make social contact, and that is why he ended his life in the harbour. He should be reunited with his fellow walruses.