To allow Thor, the Arctic Walrus, to keep sleeping in the port, a small English town postponed its New Year’s Eve fireworks display.
Since it was discovered near Scarborough on New Year’s Eve, the walrus has attracted sizable crowds, according to the BBC. Wildlife experts have urged people not to bother the creature, which has been slowly moving up the east coast and washing up on several beaches.
Earlier last month, Thor was observed around the Hampshire shore. Because of Thor, Scarborough’s New Year’s Eve fireworks show was postponed.
The British Divers Marine Life Rescue advised the council to cancel the show because it would put the creature “in distress.” Before continuing his journey, the creature has to rest and recover, according to Chris Cook of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue.
“I was going down to my boat, and it was on the slipway. Magnificent. It’s got to be half a ton,” said Stuart Ford, who runs the Sealife Safari boat tour in Scarborough. “I think it’s a once-in-a-lifetime, first-time-ever thing in Scarborough to see.”
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