Beluga Whale Spotted Swimming In The River Thames

A Beluga Whale has been spotted swimming in the River Thames.

The whale was first spotted by ecologist Dave Andrews who said he saw the animal feeding near Gravesend in Kent, about 35 km east of London.

Boats are currently being kept clear of the area and the public have been told not to get close to the animal. Instead they have been asked to observe the animal from the shore... and they sure did.

People watching the whale from the shore. Image: Reuters.

Tanya Ferry, environment manager at the Port of London Authority told the BBC that they hold concerns for what the whale will be able to eat while swimming in the Thames Estuary, as there is a high presence of plastic bags.

Ferry also said the whale appears lost and could be in serious danger.

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"We're hoping if we give it enough space and keep an eye on it, it will find its own way out of the Thames to an environment that's more appropriate for it," Ferry said.

"We certainly don't want people trying to rescue it."

Seeing Beluga Whales in the Thames area is extremely rare.

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Belugas were last spotted in the UK three years ago swimming off the coast of Northern Ireland and Northumberland.

Contact Siobhan at skenna@networkten.com.au

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