Beluga whale stranded in the River Thames

26 September, 2018, 20:14 | Author: Ann Santiago
  • ANALYSISSeptember 26 2018 9:32am The Times Underwater noise may have sent beluga whale off course Ben Webster Oceans Correspondent

A beluga in the Thames, actually.

A beluga whale breeches near a buoy on the River Thames near Gravesend east of London, Britain, September 25, 2018. Throughout the day, Andrews continued to share whale updates and additional video footage, much to the delight of those following the story on social media.

Photographers line the banks of the Thames to snap the whale.

"Nobody tell my boss i'm now watching a live feed of a river", tweeted one distracted worker.

"The Thames beluga is back feeding in its favoured spot around the barges on the Kent side", he said urging all boats to "keep clear and let it alone". "Winning!" a Kent local tweeted.

According to the UK-based Whale and Dolphin Conservation group, there have been just 20 sightings of beluga whales off the United Kingdom coast before today's incident.

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As excitement around the beluga sighting peaked, many wondered just how the whale ended up in the Thames.

Richard Sabin, principal curator of mammals at the Natural History Museum, said photos and videos he had seen appeared to show a beluga whale.

Danny Groves, from Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) said: "This is a High Arctic species thousands of miles from where it should be in Greenland, Svalbard or the Barents Sea, they are usually associated close to the ice". Picture Fraser GrayPhotographers flocked to try and picture the rare Whale. "Belugas are friendly, sociable and live in family groups".

Belugas are commonly found in coastal waters of the Arctic Ocean, but are also at home in large rivers. "What this animal needs is space". In January 2006, a northern bottlenose whale caused a splash after being spotted by a man on a train.

The Beluga poked its head out of the water on multiple occasions.

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