Beluga whale in Thames eating, swimming well

ANALYSISSeptember 26 2018 9:32am The Times Underwater noise may have sent beluga whale off course Ben Webster Oceans Correspondent

A "very lost" beluga whalespotted in the Thames on Tuesday has been sighted again.

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

Two beluga whales play together. "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".

Rob Lott, a marine mammal scientist at the Whale and Dolphin Conservation wildlife charity, said the cetacean was being monitored in case it strands on a sandbank.

The whale spotted in the Thames was clearly a mature beluga whale, and possibly a female or a younger whale due to its size, Babey said.

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.

"If they are eating things like jellyfish, we don't tend to have a great deal of jellyfish in the Thames, but we do have quite a lot of plastic bags, which could be quite an issue", she said, BBC News reported.

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"We would urge that the whale is given space and disturbance is kept to a minimum", he said.

In 2006, a whale died after it swam up the river into central London despite efforts to rescue the animal.

They range from 13ft (3.9m) to 20ft (6.1m) in length and have distinctive rounded foreheads.

Belugas are typically found farther north in frigid Arctic waters.

This sea creature made a whale of a trip.

Beluga calls variously resemble a cork being prized from a bottle or a creaking door, along with sounds described as clicks, squeaks, chirps, bleats, moans, groans, and whistles.

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