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Thar she blows!

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on January 20, 2006

Apparently there’s a whale making its way up the Thames… (I do love the caption on the picture.) It appears to be healthy, and is a toothed whale of some sort:

Liz Sandeman, a marine mammal medic, went out on a boat to examine the animal and said it looked like either a pilot whale or a Risso’s dolphin.

After her close encounter with the creature, she said: “It looks quite healthy and quite relaxed. It’s breathing normally and its weight seems good.

I don’t quite get this quote from the piece.

There was no immediate comment from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott.

Is he now Minister for Whales?


Picture from the BBC story.

I wonder if it’ll get to Putney.


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  1. sneerpout said,

    Is he now Minister for Whales?

    Either that or his office is preparing to issue a statement denying that he went for a swim in the Thames earlier.

  2. coalescent said,


    (Although shouldn’t it have had trouble getting past the flood barrier wotsits?)

  3. sbisson said,

    Well, Whales is a Region 🙂

    And now the BBC has posted pictures, I can see a certain resemblance…

  4. sbisson said,

    [Engineering Geek Mode On]

    No, they rotate to lie flush with the bottom of the river.

    {Enginnering Geek Mode Off]
    actually I lie – it’s a mode you can never swtich off!

  5. adela_terrell said,

    You have a wicked mind child! (But thats why I like you)

  6. purplecthulhu said,

    Maybe they thought Prescott could act as a stand in until it can find the rest of its pod?

  7. quercus said,

    Isn’t one of them rotated entirely upside down at present (for maintenance).

  8. sbisson said,

    Not currently AFAIK – however one was when the Google Maps image of them was taken…,0.036821&spn=0.003774,0.007317&t=k

  9. alexmc said,

    Damn, I was going to do that joke.

  10. camies said,

    Damn you sbisson, that was the headline I was going to use …
    we saw the whale from fairly close to (by Vauxhall Bridge). Big and black it was … thought it was a dolphin at first but too big. Crowds were gathering (and a helicopter) as we decided to go to the pub instead.

  11. rillaith said,

    We went for a walk from our office to try and see it but missed it by about 10 minutes. Nice walk though!

  12. ivory_goddess said,

    News 24 say its a Northern Bottle-Nosed Whale, about 5 metres long, probably 7 tonnes, is known to inhabit the waters off the coast of the UK, but more usually the wastern side, not the North Sea or Channel. And usually in much, much deeper water than the Thames, esturine river or not!

    The experts being interviewed are of the opinion that it probably isn’t very well – either elderly, injured or ill, and whilst they have a whole bunch of people in the area monitoring the situation & seeing if they can encourage it to swim back out to sea, they aren’t holding out a lot of hope.

  13. spikeiowa said,

    Swimming up stream. Imagine the fish ladder a fish like that would need!

  14. the_magician said,

    I would have thought Prince Charles would have had something to say on the matter by now … 😉

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