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Walrus Kinlochbervie (1 Viewer)

Steve Gantlett

Norfolk Birder
I've checked all wally's RBA reported haunts round kinlochbervie plus sandwood beach this morning and so far failed to find him. Possibly no-one else looking. Raining now not helping. Mostly poor signal round here.
 

Steve Gantlett

Norfolk Birder
Rechecked all the beaches nw of kinlochbervie this afternoon. No sign of him. I plan to recheck sandwood beach in the morning; it's actually only a four mile walk each way, so not so bad. I might then try balnakiel. Good 4G on klbervie pier, looking across to where he was first seen here.
 

rockfowl

Mark Andrews
Rechecked all the beaches nw of kinlochbervie this afternoon. No sign of him. I plan to recheck sandwood beach in the morning; it's actually only a four mile walk each way, so not so bad. I might then try balnakiel. Good 4G on klbervie pier, looking across to where he was first seen here.

At least you can escape all this wedding nonsense. Fingers crossed he makes a landing locally tomorrow!
 

Jasonbirder

Jason-occasional-twitcher
Check the beaches from oldshoremore..round to sandwood without connecting today...still here till tomorrow if theres been any sigjtings reported today
 

Steve Gantlett

Norfolk Birder
My guess is it's long moved on. We're still staking out Balnakiel, but I bet it's long past here really, so we will be moving east tomorrow. It's pretty clear now that it was a bum steer from the facebooker who claimed on day 2 that it had been hanging around Kinlochbervie 'for several days'.
 

JWN Andrewes

Poor Judge of Pasta.
Does the animal look well?



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Asked myself the same question. Laboured and sluggish (pinnepeds can be surprisingly fast) with apparently shoulder blades evident under the blubber. Don't get me wrong, I'm far from an expert, but were it my walrus I'd be talking to a vet right about now, just in case.
 

rockfowl

Mark Andrews
I believe the BDMLR are 'monitoring' it and although there has been some concern, they seem happy it's been feeding. Didn't look too good in the video, I must admit I thought the same.
 
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Nutcracker

Stop Brexit!
Heat exhaustion, perhaps?

It must be finding Scotland / the temperate North Atlantic far too hot for its liking, water probably close to ten degrees warmer than it's adapted to.
 

Nutcracker

Stop Brexit!
Interesting that it also appears to be pulling itself along with its teeth, digging into the sand? Is that a known form of locomotion?
 

Steve Gantlett

Norfolk Birder
Oh dear. That's surely not right. I wish I had seen this video before. He looked magnificent in the stills taken on North Ronaldsay and great too in the video as he swam below the cliffs of Caithness, but here he looks thin, starving and very weak. How sad. He's not put in an appearance at Balnakiel beach yet (I'm still looking) and, looking at that video, I fear he may never be seen alive again anywhere.
 

lewis20126

Well-known member
Oh dear. That's surely not right. I wish I had seen this video before. He looked magnificent in the stills taken on North Ronaldsay and great too in the video as he swam below the cliffs of Caithness, but here he looks thin, starving and very weak. How sad. He's not put in an appearance at Balnakiel beach yet (I'm still looking) and, looking at that video, I fear he may never be seen alive again anywhere.

Agree Steve - that video is hard to watch, he looks very sick.

cheers, alan
 

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