A beluga whale could have swum into the river Thames
28 September, 2018, 21:26
A beluga in the Thames, actually.
A beluga whale, stranded in the River Thames outside London since Tuesday morning, is probably the furthest south one of the creatures has been seen in the United Kingdom, ecologist Michael Hoit told Euronews.
Rod Downie, polar chief adviser at WWF, said: "Beluga whales are a species of the icy Arctic - finding one in the tepid Thames is an astonishingly rare event".
Whale experts said a beluga may have ended up in the Thames after becoming disorientated and making a navigational error.
By Tuesday lunchtime, photographers were lining the banks of the Thames, as were locals and others, and the BBC had launched its own live-stream of the creature, with some folks giving themselves the afternoon off work just to watch it.