Beluga Whale is spotted in the River Thames leaving Londoners stunned

ANALYSISSeptember 26 2018 9:32am The Times Underwater noise may have sent beluga whale off course Ben Webster Oceans Correspondent

There are occasional reports of belugas off the British coast, though very rarely this far south.

He's since posted two more videos of the whale, saying it hasn't moved more than 200m up or down the river.

Consultant Ecologist & Ornithologist Dave Andrews managed to film the whale, and shared a video on Twitter this morning.

It is not the first time a beluga has been spotted in United Kingdom waters in recent years.

Danny Groves, from Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) said: "This is a High Arctic species thousands of miles from where it should be in Greenland, Svalbard or the Barents Sea, they are usually associated close to the ice".

The Beluga poked its head out of the water on multiple occasions.

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

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Beluga whales were last spotted in the United Kingdom three years ago off the coast of Northumberland and Northern Ireland, but sightings were "extremely rare", spokeswoman Julia Cable said.

"We would urge that the whale is given space and disturbance is kept to a minimum".

The RSPCA animal welfare group said it was "working with other agencies to monitor the situation".

This sea creature made a whale of a trip.

According to the National Geographic, beluga whales are smallish, ranging from 13 to 20 feet in length.

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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