Concerns Grow For Arctic Beluga Whale After 2 Spottings In Thames Estuary

Beluga whale spotted in River Thames

"Hopefully instinct will soon kick in and the beluga will leave the estuary and go out into the North Sea and then head north where it should be", Mr Lott said.

Known as the "canary of the sea" due to their chirps, clicks and whistles, beluga whales can range from 13 ft to 20 ft in length and have distinctive round foreheads, known as "melons".

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

Beluga whales, which are easily identifiable by their white markings, usually inhabit the cold Arctic waters off Greenland, Svalbard and the Barents Sea.

"If this animal is a beluga whale, it is very far from home", London's Natural History Museum wrote on Twitter.

It is not clear why the whale, usually found in the Arctic, came to be in the River Thames but rescue teams are on standby in case it gets into danger.

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"In the summer of 2015 two were spotted off the Northumberland coast and one in Northern Ireland", he 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.

In a tweet, the British Divers Marine Life Rescue, which helps rescue stranded marine wildlife, said it was monitoring the situation.

Ecologist, Dave Andrews, was the first to spot the impressive creature, watching it as it ate around the barges near Gravesend, Kent.

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

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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