Whale hello there! Beluga spotted eating in River Thames

Beluga whale spotted in the river Thames

Mr Andrews in a series of tweets said: "Can't believe I'm writing this, no joke - BELUGA in the Thames off Coalhouse Fort".

A beluga whale, usually at home in the Arctic, has been filmed swimming in the water around London.

Whales are rarely seen in the Thames, and the sighting has sparked conerns for the beluga's health.

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.

The whale that was spotted Tuesday was "obviously very lost and quite possibly in trouble", the Whale and Dolphin Conservation said.

At this stage, it is unclear how big today's whale in the Thames is.

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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".

Lucy Babey, head of science and conservation at ORCA, a United Kingdom charity that works with whales and dolphins, also urged caution.

In 2006, a northern bottle-nosed whale died after stranding itself in the Thames.

The RSPCA said it was aware of reports of a whale in the Thames.

The RSPCA animal welfare group said it was "working with other agencies to monitor the situation". A Beluga whale spotted feeding in the Thames. They are known for their bulbous forehead, known as a "melon", which allows them to make various facial expressions due to its flexibility.

According to National Geographic magazine, beluga whales can range from 13 to 20 feet in length. They can move between salt and fresh water.

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