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Beluga whale in Thames eating, swimming well

28 September 2018, 09:26 | Justin Tyler

Beluga whale in Thames eating, swimming well

Beluga whale spotted in the river Thames

Concerns were growing Wednesday for a beluga whale spotted in the River Thames estuary outside London, thousands of kilometres (miles) from the cherished white species' natural home in Arctic waters.

A Beluga whale was last spotted in the United Kingdom in 2015 off the coast of Northumberland, and sightings are said to be "extremely rare".

The whale, nicknamed Benny, was first spotted on Tuesday by ecologist Dave Andrews, who posted a video of the whale on Twitter, SkyNews said.

It said it was ready to provide help to the whale if asked to do so by other agencies.

Whale watchers have flocked to the banks of the Thames to try and spot the mammal.

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

'He or she is obviously very lost and quite possibly in trouble'.

The specialist said that the whale was feeding near the barges in the area Gravesend is in Kent in the South East of England.

In 2006 an 18ft (5m) northern bottle-nosed whale died after becoming stranded in the Thames.

The British Divers Marine Life Rescue said the whale was "swimming strongly".

The Whale and Dolphin Conservation group said beluga whales had distinctive white markings and were typically found farther north.

Tanya Ferry, environment manager at the Port of London Authority, said it was unclear what the whale could eat.

According to National Geographic magazine, beluga whales can range from 13 to 20 feet in length.

They are considered "extremely sociable mammals" and live in pods.

They are common to many regions of Alaska, as well as Russia, Canada, and Greenland.

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