posted on Jan, 20 2006 @ 06:05 PM
I'm with iamian on this, it's a bad sign, and it's grim watching it unfold.
According to the BBC (at 21.48) our friend here may have been spotted at Greenwich, so hopefully on it's way back down to pick up the salt road and
out on it's way to safety. The 'Southend whale' is getting a mention in the news links now too. Overly sentimental, and overly anthropomorphic as
this is, but it would be great if they were travelling together and both make it out ok.
I'll directly quote the relevant bit of the BBC text if I may, as it will probably get replaced later as the story develops:
A possible sighting of a whale in the River Thames near Greenwich has given fresh hope that it may soon reach the sea and ultimately safety.
Tony Woodley, of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue Group, said it was spotted by a member of public at around 2045 GMT in Greenwich.
Hopefully tomorrow will bring good news here ...
Maybe OT a bit, but I recall reading (in print tho' - so no linky) that no more than a couple of hundred years ago (clearly once we started messing
around with yet another environment), whales could communicate from one ocean basin to another, and that since that time their world (as defined by
the distance of their sound) has shrunk and shrunk to the point that it is becoming accepted that this is now negatively affecting their mental
health. (I'll keep looking online as it would have been in National Geographic or BBC wildlife or a similar relevant publication).
page does talk a bit about the whale sounds travelling
very long distances to kinda back up the sound part of my recollection.
From an article on www.biologynews.net
“Whales have very traditional feeding grounds and their migratory routes along coastlines have become incredibly noisy, urbanized habitats,”
[Cornell researcher Christopher W. Clark] explains. “Acoustic smog is shrinking their world.”