Fears Grow For ‘Very Lost’ Beluga Whale Still In The Thames

Conservationists have reported a fresh sighting of a "very lost" beluga whale in the Thames as they wait to see if it will head out to sea.

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

The RSPCA said: "We are working with other agencies to monitor the situation and ready to provide appropriate assistance if requested", it said.

However rescue teams are on standby in case it gets into danger.

By Tuesday lunchtime, photographers were lining the banks of the Thames, as were locals and others, and the BBC had launched its own live-stream of the creature, with some folks giving themselves the afternoon off work just to watch it.

Benny, as it has now been named, appeared to be "swimming strongly" and feeding in the estuary but concerns for the whale's health have continued.

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The WDC's Danny Groves told the UK Press Association, "He or she is obviously very lost and quite possibly in trouble". "There have only been around 20 sightings of beluga whales off the United Kingdom coast previously, but these have occurred off Northumberland, Northern Ireland and Scotland".

We would encourage people to look from the land if the whale is still close to the coast.

The beluga whale attracted a plenty of attention Tuesday when it surfaced in the River Thames.

In 2006, a whale died after it swam up the river into central London despite rescue efforts. They are known for their bulbous forehead, known as a "melon", which allows them to make various facial expressions due to its flexibility.

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

This sea creature made a whale of a trip.

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