Whale in the Thames!!!

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  1. Floh

    Floh Former Member

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    This story makes me initially joyful and so happy.

    but now i'm very worried about him.

    he's a deep sea whale and has no business swimming past the Houses of Parliament, for goodness sake! :eek:

    he needs to get back to sea double quick, i think.

    apparently rescuers are standing by in case he gets himself into trouble.

    as he's heading towards the east end, he'll certainly find trouble! :slap:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/4631396.stm

    hurry home, little northern bottle nosed whale!
     
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  3. Linda7NJ

    Linda7NJ Active Member

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    I'm worried about him too.
     
  4. kato

    kato New Member

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    There was\is a whale and her calf in the Gulf near Corpus. It's strange cuz whales never go there normally. Don't know what the outcome was.
     
  5. calus_3

    calus_3 Former Member

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    Nobody shoot it, the Queen is off her medications again and thought she was taking a bath! :D

    CAl
     
  6. Floh

    Floh Former Member

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    :(

    he's disappeared for the moment and there's talk he may be dead. :(

    i hope that's just alarmist talk. must be too soon to tell. :(
     
  7. Marthatex

    Marthatex New Member

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    I hope he doesn't die from pollution.
     
  8. Sassygerl

    Sassygerl Active Member

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    Jan. 20 (Bloomberg) -- A northern bottlenose whale swam up the Thames in London today, drawing crowds and rescuers as it floundered in shallow water after passing Big Ben. It was the first sighting of a whale in the river in at least five years.

    A police boat trailed the mammal to protect it from other craft. Rescuers stood in waist-deep water to usher it from the shore as it twice attempted to beach itself, before the animal disappeared for an hour and then resurfaced upstream. The whale appeared to be bleeding, with red coloration in the water nearby.

    ``This is a very disorientated, stressed animal,'' said Tony Woodley, director of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue, a marine charity that is coordinating efforts to rescue the mammal. ``It's a deep-sea species that's very unused to shallow waters and doesn't really come into coastal areas.''

    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000102&sid=aPot8BUzkySc&refer=uk

    :( :( Hopefully, even though it's a slim chance, he will swim out with the tide.
     
  9. Floh

    Floh Former Member

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    "It was the first sighting of a whale in the river in at least five years"???

    there has never been a sighting of a whale in the River Thames since records began (1913, i think)!

    it is a slim chance, sadly. :(

    poor guy.

    what a way to get lost. :(
     
  10. Becba

    Becba Former Member

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    Yes my husband took some pictures of them as he was coming in the channel. He said the mom was about 40 ft long to his estimation and that one ship even had to stop for them. I would post his pictures but they did not turn out very well. He was very high up on his ship and the pictures were of such a wide angle only one really turned out well.

    He was very excited. They were Right whales and only 300 are thought to be in the Atlantic basin. No one knows what brought the whales to the ship channel. But it was amazing for him to see.
     
  11. Sassygerl

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    On MSNBC they just showed the whale....it is beached and they are putting a floatation device around it and hoping to try to move it. The tide is very low right now.......
     
  12. Sassygerl

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    They have successfully unbeached the whale and are now towing it beside a boat down the river. Doesn't look fast enough considering they have 40 miles to go, but hope it works! They think it was chasing food and ended up there.
     
  13. Linda7NJ

    Linda7NJ Active Member

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    How very sad...I hope they can save him
     
  14. Sassygerl

    Sassygerl Active Member

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    Me too!!!! They now have the whale on a barge....I'm hoping for a good outcome!
     
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    petra Active Member

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    Beyond Belief New Member

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    He didn't make it, but they sure tried. I imagine he was not well to have wondered there in the first place.
     
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    OH - I am sorry to hear that. I hope he swims in perfect oceans on the other side.
     
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    so sad. I wonder if he was hit by a ship in the ocean and suffered brain damage as they said there was a huge injury on his head. :(
     
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    Marthatex New Member

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    That's very sad; whales seem like wonderful animals.
     
  21. IdahoMom

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    Poor guy! I was really hoping for a better outcome. :(
     

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