Saturday, 20 October, 2018


Conservationists warn beluga reported in Thames could be ‘in trouble’

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Kristine Garrett | 28 September, 2018, 21:26

British officials say the beluga whale spotted in the River Thames seems to be feeding properly and swimming strongly.

Another said: "Almost unbelievably, it would seem that there is now a beluga whale in the Thames".

Posting the shocking clip on Twitter, he said: 'Can't believe I'm writing this, no joke - beluga in the Thames off Coalhouse Fort.

Speaking on Tuesday afternoon, he said that it had "roughly stayed in the same spot for about an hour".

The network of volunteer "marine mammal medics" has whale rescue pontoons at the ready that can be used to refloat stranded animals in an effort to move them to safety.

This story began Tuesday, when ecologist and ornithologist Dave Andrews captured rare footage of a beluga whale swimming in the Thames. The last sighting of a Beluga whale was some three years ago, off the coast of Northumberland, in northern England.

The RSPCA animal welfare group said that it's "working with other agencies to monitor the situation" and sent researchers to the scene.

Belugas often feed in estuaries, so the Thames is not a bad habitat for the pure-white marine mammal, but it is "very much out of place".

"We urge you to give the whale plenty of space and not to disturb him", - said the press-Secretary of the Society for the protection of whales and dolphins Day, Grose.

Ferry also said the whale appears lost and could be in serious danger.

According to National Geographic magazine, beluga whales can range from 13 to 20 feet in length.

Beluga Whales usually live in the Arctic. They are known for living long lives and are typically found further north, in Arctic waters.

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

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