A beluga whale could have swum into the river Thames

26 September, 2018, 20:16 | Author: Emmett Howard

He added that the whale had been feeding around the barges across the Thames near Gravesend in Kent for around an hour and had not moved more than 200 meters.

Two beluga whales play together.

Rescue teams are on standby in case the whale gets into danger.

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

Benny, as it has now been named, appeared to be "swimming strongly" and feeding in the estuary but concerns for the whale's health have continued.

"The River Thames beluga whale has reportedly headed back out to sea after discovering how much it costs to rent a one bed in zone 1", tweeted one user, who couldn't resist using the day's news to take a swipe at London's housing market.

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

The animal welfare group says it is ready to provide help to the whale if asked to do so by other agencies.

Marine mammal experts at the Museum have said that it not possible to tell if the animal is definitely a beluga whale without clearer images, but they will keep an eye on its progress in the river.

"We would urge that the whale is given space and disturbance is kept to a minimum", he said. "There have only been around 20 sightings of beluga whales off the United Kingdom coast previously, but these have occurred off Northumberland, Northern Ireland and Scotland".

In 2006, a northern bottle-nosed whale died after stranding itself in the Thames. They are known for their bulbous forehead, known as a "melon", which allows them to make various facial expressions due to its flexibility. They can be found in the waters around Russia, Alaska, Canada, West Greenland, and Svalbard.

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