Orkney walrus visitor heads back to the sea

The walrus was said to have enjoyed the attention it was getting

Related Stories

A walrus which turned up on a small Scottish island - in what has been described as a "once-in-a-lifetime" event - has returned to the sea.

The animal, thought to be a young male, was found on the shoreline of North Ronaldsay in Orkney.

Sunday's story became one of the most read on the BBC news website, and the walrus even found itself with its own social media account.

Walrus leaving The walrus had arrived on Sunday but was seen returning to the sea

It has since been seen heading back into the sea.

Wildlife experts said it was extremely unusual for a walrus to be spotted so far south of the North Pole and Arctic Ocean.

The walrus appeared to be in good health.

The large flippered marine mammals, characterised by their long tusks, spend significant amounts of their lives on the sea ice.

Their population dropped rapidly as they were widely killed by humans for their blubber, walrus ivory and meat during the 19th and 20th centuries.

However, their population rebounded after hunting them became largely outlawed.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC North East, Orkney and Shetland

Weather

Lerwick

Min. Night 10 °C

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Van DammeA-list adverts

    BBC Autos takes a look at some of the most curious and courageous link-ups in car-advert history

Programmes

  • Bitcoin logoClick Watch

    The developer behind the new Bitcoin tech on the fears it will hide criminal activity

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.