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Whale spotted in central London
A seven-tonne whale has made its way up the Thames to central London, where it is being watched by riverside crowds.
A rescue boat has been sent to protect the whale and rescuers have been trying to keep it away from the river banks.
Specialist equipment, including inflatable tubes to re-direct the animal downstream, are being sent.
The whale has come within yards of the banks and has crashed into an empty boat causing slight bleeding.
197 mammals in Thames
Harbour porpoises and common seals have been seen in the Thames in London and dolphins sighted in the estuary near Southend.
Some 197 marine mammals were spotted in the river in the survey by the Zoological Society of London. Indications from the study are that harbour porpoises remain in the estuary all year round.
Dolphins were only reported during spring and summer. Seals were the most frequent mammals spotted with 46 common seals, 30 grey and 41 unidentified seals.
How is it with Whales in River Waters - aren't they used to Salty waters?
Originally posted by Dr Love
That water is browner than the chocolate river that Augustus Gloop fell into.
What the hell are you guys dumping in there? That whale's screwed. That sucks because whales rock.
There's no way that creature will be able to get back out to sea.