Wally the Walrus is likely to be suffering in the sweltering heat off the Isles of Scilly (Picture: Getty Images)

A beloved yet mischievous Walrus who has delighted tourists with his antics has been struggling in the current heatwave.

Wally has ventured from the North Atlantic Ocean to Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, France and now the Isles of Scilly.

The Arctic walrus has proven to be a bit of a vandal – causing thousands of pounds worth of damage to boats in St Mary’s harbour.

He caused similar chaos in March when he stopped off in the Welsh town of Pembrokeshire, ‘capsizing a dinghy’ as he tried to flop aboard.

Officials on the Isles of Scilly recently built a ‘safe space’ for the marine mammal- a pontoon where he can relax.

But experts who are monitoring Wally have said he is likely to be suffering in the sweltering heat and are advising locals to keep their distance.

A spokesperson for Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust said: ‘This heat is not something he is adapted for so it’s more important now more than ever to give him rest and space. The hot weather is challenging him.

Tourists have been urged to give Wally some space (Picture: SWNS)

‘We’d like to stress the key message that Wally needs rest and space.

‘All boats owners and water users have been asked to give the walrus space and refrain from actively moving towards him, but the temptation has proved too strong for many.

‘The walrus is a highly protected species and disturbance of this nature is a criminal offence. Even a lift of the head means his rest has been interrupted. Please stay away from him.’

Experts say the new pontoon will not prevent Wally from eventually moving on from the Isles of Scilly – and that when he is ready, energy wise, he will move on.

It’s also been reiterated an animal dart would not work on Wally, since for an animal his size, the drug would take too long to take effect he would be off into the water and likely die.

Previous attempts at re-locating other mobile marine species have proved that this option does not work, as relocated animals simply swim the long distances back to where they want to be.

Animal welfare groups believe it initially came across the North Atlantic ocean from Greenland on an ice floe.

It was first seen in Ireland before taking up residence in Tenby, Pembrokeshire in March.

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