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British Divers Marine Life Rescue (photo: Steve Marsh)
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2018-10-02 16:06:08

Beluga in the Thames update

Joint PLA / BDMLR media statement

The beluga whale continues to be highly mobile, providing limited sightings and swimming strongly and from what we can tell, it is exhibiting normal foraging. The sex and age are unknown but improved estimates of length now put it at around 3.5 metres (about eleven feet long).

Discussions have been held this week with whale experts and relevant agencies to share information and assess possible scenarios.  Beluga researchers and other experts abroad have been consulted and we will take into consideration their advice and knowledge of this enigmatic species

It is planned to place hydrophone equipment in the water this week to record the whale sounds so that experts can then analyse its behaviour. This may help confirm it is feeding.

The whale’s welfare is our shared priority and we are continuing to observe and protect it. The safety of the public is also paramount. The restriction on boat traffic in the local area remains in force.  We continue to ask that members of the public do not attempt to enter the water or bring boats or small craft close to the whale or overfly it using drones.