A rare humpback whale dubbed “Hessy” that measures 33ft has been spotted in the River Thames.
Watch the rare humpback whale dubbed “Hessy” in the River Thames
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The rare humpback whale was seen swimming back and forth up and down the River Thames.
52-year-old Shaun O’Riordan spotted the whale when it came to the surface while he was at work.
Shaun said: “I’ve seen a few seals and even some dolphins but I’ve never seen a whale in the Thames.”
Marine rescue divers have been warned about the rare humpback whale to prevent any tragedy.
British Divers Marine Life Rescue is tracking the whale. Julia Cable from British Divers Marine Life Rescue said: “We watched it move down the river, the intervals between it surfacing are perfectly normal — it was about five or six minutes which is fine, it’s what they do.”
“It seems to be moving along quite happily. It’s very likely that it just made a navigational error.”
A year ago, a Beluga whale nicknamed Benny was also spotted in the River Thames.
The whale spent three months in the Thames but it died of starvation after getting stranded. To prevent this tragedy, rescuers are tracking the new whale.
Tina Remzi and Anna White decided to visit Ingress Park on the bank of the Thames near the Dartford Crossing after they came to know the whale had been spotted in the river. But, the pair couldn’t spot the whale.
Ms. White told the Telegraph: “It was spotted along here yesterday. It was all over Facebook, people were writing that they’d seen the whale. I thought it might be the same one that was seen here last year, but apparently not.”
“There was plenty of excitement around here last year after the whale sighting but I haven’t seen anything today. I’ll be keeping an eye out”, Ms. Remzi added.
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