Wally the walrus has reappeared after lying low for several weeks and seems to be heading back to UK waters.

The wandering walrus has been spotted in the Isles of Scilly, less than 40 miles from Penzance in Cornwall.

On Thursday, the Arctic creature was pictured attempting to mount yachts off Porthcressa Beach on the southern side of St Mary's, the largest of the islands.

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Locals and holidaymakers looked on in amazement and joy as the animal tried to heave himself onto some of the yachts anchored in the bay.

One local wildlife photographer Scott Reid captured it all on camera from his kayak. He said Wally eventually came to rest on rocks to the west side of the bay.

Wally the walrus tries to board a yacht in Porthcressa Bay in the Isles of Scilly
Wildlife photographer Scott Reid captured the walrus up close

The Arctic creature made itself at home in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, for two months, but eventually moved on and was later spotted off the coast of Cornwall and days later off the coasts of France and Spain.

The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust and British Divers Marine Life Rescue said they were aware that Wally had made it to the isles - the first time a walrus has been recorded there.

They said: "This rare visitor is the same young male that spent a number of weeks in South Wales earlier this year, before passing through Cornwall and down to the Bay of Biscay. His last known sighting was at Bilbao, Spain, two weeks ago.

Wally seemed to be enjoying the water, just 40 miles off the Cornish coast
The Arctic animal appeared in good health after his foray to Spain

"The animal's movements are being monitored by a number of conservation and welfare organisations to keep an eye on his health, although he seems to coping well out of his regular habitat and has been seen feeding often. It is hoped that he is now finally returning north and will get back to his native home in the Arctic again soon."

A native of Arctic waters, either from the east coast of Greenland or from Svalbard, Wally is very far from his natural habitat. It had been hoped that as the water temperatures increase, he'd make his way back up north to cold water and closer to home, but had seemed to be doing the opposite.

Perhaps now, he has decided to call time on his adventures and is heading north.