Whale in the UK's River Thames

Pablo Tucker
September 26, 2018

"Can't believe I'm writing this, no joke - BELUGA in the Thames off Coalhouse Fort", ecologist Dave Andrews wrote. It was spotted feeding near a number of barges.

Danny Groves, from 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".

A spokesaperson said: "We are working with other agencies to monitor the situation and ready to provide appropriate assistance if requested".

The Whale and Dolphin Conservation group said beluga whales had distinctive white markings and were typically found farther north.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reports that belugas have been recorded as vagrant at Japan, New Jersey and Washington State USA, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Ireland, Scotland, France, the Netherlands, and Denmark.

Tanya Ferry, environment manager at the Port of London Authority which is monitoring the whale, said it was unclear what the whale could eat.

Conservationists had been waiting to see if the "very lost" whale had made it out to sea after it was first spotting Tuesday afternoon in Kent.

"We would urge that the whale is given space and disturbance is kept to a minimum", he said.

The River Thames, one of the longest rivers in England, runs through several major cities and towns, including London, Oxford and Windsor.

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

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