[<< wikinews] Whale spotted in river Thames, Central London
Friday, January 20, 2006 

A 15ft (4.5 meter) northern bottle-nosed whale has been spotted swimming in the river Thames in Central London, UK. The "Thames whale" managed to swim up past the Thames barrier and under many bridges, reaching as far as Chelsea before it turned around just before Albert Bridge.
TV news helicopters scrambled to provide live TV footage of the whale, and many spectators lined the banks of the river. 
The whale is said to be looking healthy, although some fear that the whale may beach itself as it tried to do before rescuers forced it back into the middle of the river. Normally found in the North Atlantic, there have been sightings of a second whale near Southend.
A vet, having examined the whale, reported that the animal was not swimming purposefully, has some damage around the head area and is losing blood from numerous cuts on its underside. It was last seen floating downstream with the current; its present whereabouts are unknown. 


== Sources ==
 "Whale spotted in central London" — BBC News Online, January 20, 2006
 "Whale swims up Thames" — The Guardian, January 20, 2006
 "Whale swims up the Thames to Westminster" — The Telegraph, January 20, 2006
Nick Allen. "Whale swims up Thames to Westminster" — The Independent, January 20, 2006
Sky News. "Fears For Whale" — Sky News Online, January 20, 2006
 "Fears growing for whale in the Thames" — Channel 4 News (Britain), 20th January, 2006
 "The day London went whale watching" — The Guardian, January 21, 2006