Most walruses (Odobenus rosmarus) live near the Arctic Circle, where they hunt for shellfish in shallow water and clamber up onto the icebergs and beaches to rest, Live Science previously reported. The humongous creatures rarely crop up along the Irish shoreline.
The first recorded walrus sighting there occurred in 1897, but no other walruses were seen until the 1980s, the Irish public service broadcaster RTE reported.
Since then, fewer than two dozen additional walruses have been spotted in Ireland.
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Most walruses (Odobenus rosmarus) live near the Arctic Circle, where they hunt for shellfish in shallow water and clamber up onto the icebergs and beaches to rest, Live Science previously reported. The humongous creatures rarely crop up along the Irish shoreline. The first recorded walrus sighting there occurred in 1897, but no other walruses were seen until the 1980s, the Irish public service broadcaster RTE reported. Since then, fewer than two dozen additional walruses have been spotted in Ireland.