Arctic beluga whale 'swimming strongly' in Britain's River Thames

Arctic beluga whale 'swimming strongly' in Britain's River Thames

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

"Beluga whales inhabit cold, Arctic waters off Greenland, Svalbard and in the Barents Sea", the group said.

Cable added that hopefully the whale will swim back out to sea, and not travel the other way up the Thames.

Marine mammal experts at the Museum have said that it not possible to tell if the animal is definitely a beluga whale without clearer images, but they will keep an eye on its progress in the river.

The British Divers Marine Life Rescue has been monitoring the situation.

Belugas often feed in estuaries, so the Thames is not a bad habitat for the pure-white marine mammal, but it is "very much out of place".

A spokeswoman said the beluga's visit to the Thames was a "very rare occurrence", and urged people not to go out in boats to get a close look at the whale, but to watch it from the shore.

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Dave Andrews, a ecologist and ornithologist, posted a video of the creature on Twitter, and said that the whale had been feeding in the area.

Mr Groves said it was not the first time a beluga has been spotted in United Kingdom waters in recent years.

The RSPCA said it was aware of reports of a whale in the Thames.

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

"We urge you to give the whale plenty of space and not to disturb him", - said the press-Secretary of the Society for the protection of whales and dolphins Day, Grose.

Beluga Whales usually live in the Arctic.

Among the theories of how the whale ended up in the Thames is that it followed a shoal of fish into the waterway.

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