Whale is found stranded in the Thames


Whale is found stranded in the Thames: Crowds flock to see ‘very lost’ animal which is ‘trapped in Richmond lock’

  • Beached whale has been spotted stranded along the River Thames today
  • Crowds of spectators have gathered along the river in Richmond Lock, London
  • Rescuers been checking the whale’s vitals and spraying the animal with water

A beached whale has been spotted stranded along the River Thames today.

Crowds of spectators have gathered along the river in Richmond Lock, south west London, after the aquatic mammal – which is normally found in deep waters- was spotted floating in the waters this afternoon.

Rescuers have been checking the whale’s vitals and spraying the animal with water as they wait for a team of experts to arrive. 

A man sprays the beached whale with water after it was spotted stranded along the River Thames today

Crowds of spectators have gathered along the river in Richmond Lock, south west London , after the aquatic mammal was spotted

Crowds of spectators have gathered along the river in Richmond Lock, south west London , after the aquatic mammal was spotted

Earlier today Richard Frank, who is at the scene in Richmond Lock, said: ‘Seems to be a baby whale stuck by Richmond Lock Bridge… Poor thing. Being looked after by the lock keepers and waiting for experts to arrive.’ 

He added: ‘Not moving a lot, but honestly no idea. At least someone has arrived who looks like they might know what they’re doing health wise, but with low tide still to come it looks pretty tough to me.’

While another wrote on social media: ‘There’s a beached whale in the #Thames in #Richmond.’ 

The scenes come after a giant sperm whale was spotted in the Thames Estuary in January last year.

The huge mammal was first spotted off the coast in Whitstable, Kent, before it was seen in The Swale, a stretch of water between the Isle of Sheppey and the Kent mainland. 

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