Published: Wed, September 26, 2018
Science | By Celia Watts

Beluga whale somehow ended up in the River Thames

Beluga whale somehow ended up in the River Thames

The whale stayed in the same area for at least three hours, feeding around barges in the river, Andrews added, as he continued to keep an eye on the animal's whereabouts.

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".

Whale watchers have flocked to the banks of the Thames to try and spot the mammal.

A whale is filmed swimming in the River Thames.

According to Dolman, bottlenose whales (unlike belugas) are usually found in deep waters, so the whale of 2006 found itself in trouble - fast.

"This is the most southerly sighting of a beluga we have ever seen around these shores", Lucy Babey, head of science and conservation at the ORCA charity, was quoted as saying by The Mirror newspaper.

Edna Brady from Sky News spotted the whale this morning and said it looked like it had moved a few miles further west since yesterday.

Beluga whales can grow up to 20ft in length and are usually at home in the icy waters around Greenland, Svalbard or the Barents Sea.

"In the summer of 2015 two were spotted off the Northumberland coast and one in Northern Ireland", he said.

In a tweet, the British Divers Marine Life Rescue, which helps rescue stranded marine wildlife, said it was monitoring the situation.

A female northern bottlenose whale was discovered swimming in the river in central London, going past the Houses of Parliament.

Belugas, which can grow up to 5.5 metres (18 feet) long, spend most of their time off the coasts of Alaska, Canada and Russian Federation, though they often travel great distances in search of food.

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