Rare sighting of massive Thor the Walrus on UK beach leaves locals in shock

A family who spotted the legendarily elusive "Thor" the Walrus have been left in "shock" after bumping into the beast on a UK beach.

The large walrus was spotted resting having travelled from Europe this weekend, with the mammal spotted on the shoreline of Calshot, Hampshire.

The "big lump" spotted resting its eyes on the beach by a fisherman and his family after making his way to UK waters.

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Darren Mckell, 49, who was out and about with his wife and son in the early hours, spotted the rare walrus.

Originally mistaking the walrus for a seal, Mckell soon had a "double-take moment" and found himself staring down Thor the Walrus.

Speaking of the sighting, Mckell said: "It was unbelievable and such a shock. I thought it was a seal at first but as I got closer I saw it was huge and it was a walrus.

"It was absolutely amazing to see something like that, especially in these waters. I hadn't realised how rare it was to see a walrus here. It was lovely to see but something you'd never expect.

"I've never seen a walrus in the wild as they don't normally live in these areas. Seeing the walrus was a double-take moment."

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British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) are at the scene of the walrus sighting along with the coastguard, as well as medics who are checking if the animal is healthy.

Walruses are protected under UK law and members of the public have been warned to stay away from Thor and other walruses.

A spokesman for the BDMLR said: "Key advice is being issued to everyone to give the walrus a very wide berth to avoid disturbing it. They travel long distances and have rest stops to recover and regain energy before moving on again.

"Of course we do not know how long Thor will be around the UK, but while he/she is here we ask everyone to behave sensibly and responsibly for their safety as well as that of the walrus to avoid a worst case scenario occurring."

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