The walrus was out of the picture for a week. She previously appeared twice at Harlingen.
On September 20, she was first seen on a sandbar near Schiermonnikoog. Then it turned out that it was a female animal and that she had already been spotted in Denmark and Germany. So she descended from the Arctic to the Netherlands.
An expert suspects she took “the wrong turn”. Distances are no problem, walruses can swim enormous distances.
Although walruses normally live in icy waters, experts believe they can survive here too. “The animal doesn’t look sick,” Sophie Brasseur of Wageningen University said earlier. “Apparently she is doing quite well. A walrus is known to eat benthic animals. There are also enough of them here, so she does not have to starve. Otherwise she has sufficient reserves.”
Staatsbosbeheer and the Pieterburen Seal Center emphasize that the animal should be left alone. That is also the reason that they do not tell you exactly where the walrus is located on Terschelling. They want to prevent spotters from Belgium coming to the animal again, just like in Harlingen.
It sounds contradictory, but precisely to prevent a new arrival, Omrop Fryslân calls on the public to come up with a name for the animal. Sander van Dijk of the Seal Center: “It becomes easier to deal with the animal if it has a name. That also worked in Ireland, when a walrus was recently seen there. When it was given a name, the message came that it is resting. should have been better.”