Whale in the Thames!! (now)

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by Rapier, Jan 20, 2006.

  1. Rapier

    Rapier Supporting Member

    Just heard on the News that a whale has swum up the Thames. So all you Londoners, go and have a look and tell us about it.
  2. kevs67

    kevs67 New Member

    Somebody should have told Fern Britten she can't swim in the thames. She'll take a bridge out or something.
  3. julestools

    julestools Active Member

    Well "Call me Ishmael"


  4. Mister 4x4

    Mister 4x4 Member

    Dang... tough crowd. :D ;)

    Actually, are you sure it's not a BYU Co-Ed on holiday spashing about?
  5. Will the Sec

    Will the Sec Active Member

    Well, it's currently in quite shallow waters, and the police launches (guided by Marine experts) are trying to convince it to swim back downstream. It has hit a few boats, but does seem otherwise OK.

    Amazing sight, but I'm worried it will end in tears.

    On Sky News and BBC24 if you've digital access.

  6. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

  7. 1alexm

    1alexm Member

    i bet that hasnt happend before
  8. julestools

    julestools Active Member

    Probably got a scholarship to Oxford and late for his interview. I heard these whales are very intelligent. They'll have anyone at Oxford.


  9. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    Poor little thing. It's probably blind and terrified. Am feeling quite tearful now. Hope it gets back to open sea, although "open sea" is a relative term when it comes to the North Sea and the Channel.
    Anyone remember Willy who got stuck in the Mersey a few years back?
  10. jingleram

    jingleram Active Member

    Haven't had the time, may think about it tommorow if it is still there!
  11. Di

    Di Active Member

  12. Di

    Di Active Member

    Watching live on Sky now. They've managed to capture the whale and will be examining it to see if it'll be fit to be released.

    Oooh I hope so. :(
  13. Di

    Di Active Member

  14. matti_raz

    matti_raz Member

    I know i just saw it before i clicked on this thread....... what they dont say is that the stress of the 'rescue' probably killed it..... because yesterday it had perfect health apparently??? :S
  15. yonhee

    yonhee Active Member

    No it wasnt it had cuts and stuff apparantly. It probably was stressed but it would have been if they had left it aswell.
    :( Poor whale :(
  16. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    It would have died anyway if they'd left it in the Thames. Whales can't navigate properly in rivers and it would have become beached somewhere and died.
    Poor little thing.
  17. DaveR

    DaveR Active Member

    Are any whale / dolphin / porpoise rescues ever successful? :confused:

    They don't seem to be - either the animal dies before they can release it, or it just beaches itself again. I heard a theory a couple of years ago that a whale etc only gets beached because it is ill, so it's navigation systems (for want of a better phrase) are out of action. There was another theory around the same time that they know they are dying so they come into shallow waters (bit like elephants all going to the same place to die maybe?).

    Sad news whatever the reason. It looked magnificent in the Thames when I saw it on the news yesterday. :(
  18. Charmed

    Charmed Active Member

    This morning on Breakfast, rumours have started to come through that the Navy might be responsible for the the whale ending up disorientated!! Apparently the radar signals can effect them, disorientating them.

    Does everything have to have a sinister reason? Can't it be that the whale was 'poorly' from natural causes which resulted in it's disorientation?

    Is it too difficult to wait for the postmortem which might tell us what happened to the poor whale without all the 'theorist' jumping in?

    Obviously it is!
  19. Mister 4x4

    Mister 4x4 Member

    It's always easier to place blame, than to just accept reality.

    If the whale would've been left to its own, it probably would've died anyway eventually. If people would've intervened more aggressively, it probably would've died from all the stress as well. Plus there's no telling that had it gotten back into open ocean that it wouldn't have gone back upriver again, or died anyway. Anybody remember when PETA released a harbor seal back into the wild after nursing it back to health, only to be devored by a Killer Whale within the first 3 minutes? Stuff happens. At some point, people have to realize that they did all they could, and that the odds were just stacked too high against success.

    Doesn't take away from the sadness of the whole deal though - a harmless animal died and people had to watch. It's a bummer, but what can you do, really?
  20. poor thing, shame that storys like this don't have happy endings all the time, least people tried and gave it half a chance, i guess if it wasn't yesterday then it would have been today,
    shame though, any way

    see you all later, and remember...


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