Friday, 14 December, 2018

Beluga whale ‘seen in River Thames’

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption The whale was thought to be feeding in the area Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption The whale was thought to be feeding in the area
Frank Williams | 28 September, 2018, 21:26

The beluga whale spotted in the Thames for a second day in a row is "swimming strongly and feeding normally", the RSPCA has said.

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".

It says it is ready to provide help to the whale if asked to do so by other agencies.

He tweeted: "The docks on the Thames by Gravesend aren't really the backdrop where you'd imagine seeing your first Beluga but today I saw just that".

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

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. It was spotted feeding near a number of barges.

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

The spokesperson also urged members of the public not to approach the whale in boats to get a closer look, as this could affect to whale's behaviour and put it in danger.

The RSPCA said it was aware of reports of a whale in the Thames.

The animal welfare charity, which is monitoring the unusual arrival of the marine mammal, said there were no major concerns for its welfare. Belugas are social creatures and tend to swim in groups of ten or more.

Belugas, also known as white whales, are "one of the most familiar and easily distinguishable" of all whales, according to National Geographic. They are known for living long lives and are typically found further north, in Arctic waters.

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