In Plouguiel, a walrus in Jaudy: a first in Brittany? -Lannion latest news-breaking news
On the left bank of the Jaudy, under the sun, a massive animal recognizable by its two long tusks comes out of the water. A walrus! In Plouguiel, the video of a few seconds captured by oyster farmers installed at a place called La Roche Jaune seems too go...
On the left bank of the Jaudy, under the sun, a massive animal recognizable by its two long tusks comes out of the water. A walrus! In Plouguiel, the video of a few seconds captured by oyster farmers installed at a place called La Roche Jaune seems too good to be true. And yet she is. Friday afternoon, November 25, the light-skinned animal, far removed from its natural habitat, was reported by locals.
Photographed and filmed
Reached by phone, Sami Hassani confirms. An employee of Océanopolis, in Brest, he heads the Association for the Conservation of Marine Mammals and Birds in Brittany (ACMOM). He received photos and videos from the Percevaults, the family that manages Fines du Trégor and La Cabane à huîtres. They also posted a short excerpt on their Instagram account.
Chance of the calendar, Acmom was able to dispatch a young woman on the spot in alternation within it. She is currently studying at the Pommerit high school, in La Roche-Jaudy, a few kilometers from the place where the walrus appeared. She also took pictures.
“A Completely Arctic Species”
“It’s probably the same animal that was seen in Dieppe last weekend, and in the Netherlands a little earlier,” explains Sami Hassani. Is this a first in Brittany? “Maybe, to check”. The marine mammal specialist explains that a walrus was seen in Charente-Maritime last year, before being seen in Galicia and later in Ireland. “Dead animals have sometimes washed up in the Bay of Biscay. »
“When I was called to tell me that there was a walrus in the Jaudy, I thought there was a death in the Jaudy”, explains a deputy mayor of Plouguiel on the phone. However, seeing a walrus in Brittany is not normal. “It’s a completely arctic species. It is here very far from its habitat. That of last year had also ended up joining its habitat. What explains this trip? “Mystery,” replies Hassani.
Do not approach
To all the curious who would like to approach the animal in the coming hours, caution. “We must above all make sure that people do not approach it,” says the biologist. A walrus is dangerous. There have already been accidents in the Arctic. You mustn’t disturb him. Hoping that he resumes his journey”.
In the meantime, the National Network which monitors strandings (Pelagis) has been mobilized. And the local correspondent of the Acmom network. “Perhaps the animal will no longer be there. In Dieppe, he spent one night and left. »
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