British Divers Marine Life Rescue
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (photo: Steve Marsh)
British Divers Marine Rescue


2009-09-14 10:35:49

Humpback Whale found in the Thames

ZSL team at work on humpback whaleOne Thursday, 10 September, at approximately 16.15, BDMLR received a report of a whale spotted in the River Thames around the Tilbury Docks area. Local Medic Jason Carter and one of his colleagues who also works for the Port of London went out on a boat to see if they could spot the animal and identify it. Unfortunately, the last sighting was around 16.50 and nothing more was seen of the whale until the early hours of Saturday morning. A 9.5 meter Humpback whale had been found dead at Erith, Kent. It is believed to be the same whale spotted on Thursday. A post-mortem examination has been carried out on the animal by Paul Jepson, Rob Deaville and the team from ZSL (Zoological Society of London).  Their findings will be available shortly on their website at

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