Beluga Whale Spotted Frolicking In The Thames

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 25, 2018

Ecologist and ornithologist Dave Andrews could not hide his surprise as he tweeted videos of the mammal in the Thames off Coalhouse Fort in Tilbury, Essex.

"For anyone twitching the #BELUGA its been feeding around the barges (see last tweet for location) for the last hour and hasn't moved more than 200m in either direction".

A Beluga whale, native to the waters surrounding the arctic, has been spotted in the River Thames, marine life rescuers have confirmed.

He said: "Can't believe I'm writing this, no joke - BELUGA in the Thames off Coalhouse Fort".

A spokeswoman for the organisation said it was a "very rare occurrence", and urged people not to go out in boats to get a close look at the whale, but to watch it from the shore.

The last sighting in United Kingdom waters was in 2015 when they were spotted off northeastern England near the Northumberland coastline, but they left shortly afterwards, she added.

At this stage, it is unclear how big today's whale in the Thames is.

The RSPCA animal welfare group said it was "working with other agencies to monitor the situation".

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

Belugas, also known as white whales, are "one of the most familiar and easily distinguishable" of all whales, according to National Geographic.

Belugas are commonly found in coastal waters of the Arctic Ocean, but are also at home in large rivers.

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