A dead whale was found motionless washed up in the River Thames for the second time in two months. A humpback whale was found dead in Greenhithe in October
The mammal is believed to be a minke whale which can grow up to 33ft (10m) long, which can weigh up to 10 tonnes was seen motionless on the river banks under Battersea Bridge late on Friday evening.
eye witness Clio Georgiadis said she was left “very emotional ” after finding the whale while walking her dog at about 21.30 GMT when her 11-year-old son spotted the whale on Friday evening
“We tried to see if there was any life in it but there was no breath coming out of it,” Ms Georgiadis said. “It was very sad to see.”
The Port of London Authority (PLA) said it will “endeavor to get the whale recovered safely” and a post-mortem examination will be held on the whale to establish a cause of death over the weekend
The PLA spokesman Martin Garside confirmed that it had received reports of a large mammal in the River Thames on Friday afternoon. He said two marine experts from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue were dispatched to assist the PLA removing the whale from the water. The whale will be sent to the ZSL London Zoo for a post-mortem examination.
They are occasionally spotted in British waters, preferring cooler regions to tropical areas, and can also be found in the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian and Arctic Oceans. “The first clear indication we knew it was a whale was sadly when it washed up dead,” PLA.