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Walrus Kinlochbervie (1 Viewer)

Nutcracker

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Same shorter right hand tusk


Seem to remember reading somewhere that Walrus are 'handed', preferentially using one tusk for digging, with that tusk getting greater wear. So all 'right-handed' Walrus share this character.

Worth checking the pics for other more distinctive individual marks, such as scratches or scars in the skin.
 

Matthebirder

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Currently a bit busy watching Wally! See my tweets for details.

That is some going to get around to Wick for the Walrus, single track roads for some of the way! Assume he must be healthy then, I should be there in a about 10 days...

Have you managed to see any Orca yet; I think it is the Orca watch this weekend off John O'Groates? Plenty of observers; I had 6 off there very close in last year.

Matthew Rodgers
 

rockfowl

Mark Andrews
That is some going to get around to Wick for the Walrus, single track roads for some of the way! Assume he must be healthy then, I should be there in a about 10 days...

Have you managed to see any Orca yet; I think it is the Orca watch this weekend off John O'Groates? Plenty of observers; I had 6 off there very close in last year.

Matthew Rodgers

A pod of Orca in the Moray Firth last night.
 

Paul Higson

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YEEEEEEEEEE HAAAAAAA!!!!

Walrus still Wick at dawn. Tucked right in against seawall so you have to go down to the lifeboat station to see.

What a guy. Straight into my Top three world wildlife experiences.

Twitch if you can.
 

Paul Higson

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Some pics.
 

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Steve Gantlett

Norfolk Birder
Well, shows what little I know about Walruses. He was fit enough to swim all the way from Kinlochbervie to here at Wick no problem in a week. He's still here on Wick beach this morning (07.00 now) in the same place as last night, dozing and fidgeting. The next high tide is at 09.00.
 
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jurek

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Are you sure it is the same walrus?

That one seems to have slightly longer tusks and a small circular scar on the upper right flank.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnW-HqfLBc4

The one on Paul's photo has tusks only about as long as the length between the eye and the base of the tusk. And has wounds on the neck, on the right front flipper, and on the lower right flank closer to the hind flipper. I assume that the colour changes when it is warm/cold.

Congratulations, anyway!
 

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