Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Beluga Whale Spotted Frolicking In The Thames

ANALYSISSeptember 26 2018 9:32am The Times Underwater noise may have sent beluga whale off course Ben Webster Oceans Correspondent ANALYSISSeptember 26 2018 9:32am The Times Underwater noise may have sent beluga whale off course Ben Webster Oceans Correspondent
Elijah Vega | 25 September, 2018, 21:20

British officials are checking out reports that a beluga whale is swimming in the River Thames.

Ecologist, Dave Andrews, was the first to spot the impressive creature, watching it as it ate around the barges near Gravesend, Kent.

The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society said it was "obviously very lost and quite possibly in trouble".

A spokeswoman for the organisation said it was a "very rare occurrence", and urged people not to go out in boats to get a close look at the whale, but to watch it from the shore. The last sighting of a Beluga whale was some three years ago, off the coast of Northumberland, in northern England.

Another Twitter user Francis Rowney tweeted: "Almost unbelievably, it would seem that there is now a beluga whale in the Thames!"

At this stage, it is unclear how big today's whale in the Thames is.

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The RSPCA said it was aware of reports of a whale in the Thames. Please give the whale space!'

In 2006 an 18ft (5m) northern bottle-nosed whale died after becoming stranded in the Thames.

Photos posted on Twitter appeared to show a white whale in the water.

A beluga whale, usually at home in the Arctic, has been filmed swimming in the water around London.

They range from 13ft (3.9m) to 20ft (6.1m) in length and have distinctive rounded foreheads.

Belugas are able to produce sounds such as chirps, clicks, whistles and squeals, giving them the nickname "the canary of the sea".

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