Published: Fri, September 28, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Beluga Whale Spotted Swimming In The River Thames

Beluga Whale Spotted Swimming In The River Thames

Rod Downie, polar chief adviser at WWF, said: "Beluga whales are a species of the icy Arctic - finding one in the tepid Thames is an astonishingly rare event".

The previous reported sighting of a beluga in United Kingdom waters was in 2015, when two were spotted off the northeast coast of England and one in Northern Ireland.

The whale that was spotted Tuesday was "obviously very lost and quite possibly in trouble", the Whale and Dolphin Conservation said.

The creature is thousands of miles from its normal Arctic habitat, which makes this an "extremely unusual sighting", said Hoit.

The whale was first seen near Gravesend, Kent, on Tuesday, and has been spotted in the same area again on Wednesday.

And a spokesman for the RSPCA said it was aware of the situation and was working with other age agencies to monitor the situation provide appropriate assistance if requested.

RSPCA spokeswoman Clare Dew said: "We don't have any concerns about the whale itself at the moment, and it is certainly still behaving normally".

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

She added the animal was "swimming strongly" and it would hopefully swim back out to sea, and not travel the other way up the Thames. The whale's location is between two major container docks, Tilbury and the new London Gateway port.

Belugas typically live for 40 to 60 years.

Known as the "canary of the sea" due to their chirps, clicks and whistles, beluga whales can range from 13 ft to 20 ft in length and have distinctive round foreheads, known as "melons".

It has adapted to life in the Arctic, and is distinctive for its all-white colour and for not having a dorsal fin. They can move between salt and fresh water.

This sea creature made a whale of a trip.

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