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Old Saturday 29th September 2018, 11:49   #51
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Where does the Thames become wholly fresh water?
Just upstream of Teddington Lock and Weir. The stretch between Teddington and Molesey could on occassions become slightly brackish at times of high Spring Tides below Teddington when rarely it could back up.

It could feasibly get up as far as Richmond half - lock if it gets through the Thames Barrier.

P.....ex Environment Agency lock keeper, patrol officer and Navigation Inspector, but always binos handy for birding.

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Old Saturday 29th September 2018, 12:10   #52
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Viewing it now at 12:00 from the pub ; on way down stream.

Better get another pint quickly...
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Old Saturday 29th September 2018, 16:48   #53
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Been showing very well today. When I left the best place was by the grass/railings of the Riverside Gardens just before 14.00. Very actively fishing in a relatively small area as the tide was coming in.
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Just upstream of Teddington Lock and Weir. The stretch between Teddington and Molesey could on occassions become slightly brackish at times of high Spring Tides below Teddington when rarely it could back up.

It could feasibly get up as far as Richmond half - lock if it gets through the Thames Barrier.

P.....ex Environment Agency lock keeper, patrol officer and Navigation Inspector, but always binos handy for birding.
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Just an update for anyone interested - was showing fairly regularly from opposite the Riverside Leisure Area between 11-1ish while I was there.
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Old Sunday 30th September 2018, 18:52   #57
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Just an update for anyone interested - was showing fairly regularly from opposite the Riverside Leisure Area between 11-1ish while I was there.
But not seen after noon
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Old Sunday 30th September 2018, 19:04   #58
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But not seen after noon
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Just an update for anyone interested - was showing fairly regularly from opposite the Riverside Leisure Area between 11-1ish while I was there.

You can't both be right...

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Old Sunday 30th September 2018, 19:08   #59
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Just relaying several comments that I've seen on twitter but if Alex was on the ground and saw it then that's good enough for me - not see after 1pm then
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Old Sunday 30th September 2018, 19:12   #60
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Actually, both can be right: because of Bovine Spongiform Time (BST), noon UTC (when the sun is due south, and highest in the sky) is at 13:00 BST
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Actually, both can be right: because of Bovine Spongiform Time (BST), noon UTC (when the sun is due south, and highest in the sky) is at 13:00 BST
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I must admit, I wasn't paying exact attention to the time, so I'm happy to push my "ish" estimate of 1 back a little bit, but certainly was around for a while after noon.

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Old Sunday 30th September 2018, 20:03   #63
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I got one short clip from yesterday, about 7:30am, when it was quite close to the south shore. A ship subsequently sailed past, which seemed to disturb it over to the far bank of the river, by the green buoy, which it has been seen near, a few times apparently.

Surprising how "dark" it looked before the sun caught it..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-EWKCXrIvM
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to the far bank of the river, by the green buoy, which it has been seen near, a few times apparently.
Often quite close to the green buoy. Pic is a very heavy crop, taken yesterday morning, distance from Kent side a little under a kilometre. Potentially less than half that from the Essex side, but don't know what access is like.
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Old Wednesday 3rd October 2018, 13:20   #66
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Think it was reported Monday, no sign yesterday, don't think it's been reported today. To be honest I wouldn't be surprised if it's still there, but doesn't get reported till the weekend when there are more eyes out looking.
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Old Wednesday 3rd October 2018, 13:47   #67
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How much interest and effort is currently being shown by the news agencies, navigation authorities and charity foundations that were quick to get on scene after the initial sighting and reports.
Is the PLA patrol launch no longer hanging about to protect the animal from the regular commercial vessel movements and keep observers away?
The charitable organisations, is it Seawatch Foundation and British Marine Divers, usually associated with strandings, beached and recovery of sea mammals. Probably all stood down as the Begula is feeding and appears in good health, though lost, but always hoping it will make its way out to open sea.
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A short low resolution slow motion video from last Saturday, the only way to see the detail of it 'blowing'. A difficult animal to photograph from the shore unless you were very lucky to get it close in, great pub location though...
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Reported yesterday (Thur) on RBA again
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On RBA again for today, no details regarding time or exact location.
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Between Ship & Lobster and barges today per RBA
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Article just shown on BBC's The One Show mentioned it's clicking normally but a lot of background boat noise from echo sounders. The research vessels are maintaining a monitoring watch and have established an exclusion zone for vessels under navigation.
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Off Poundland this morning apparently....
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Any advice on parking, I'm going tomorrow and planning to start around the Ship and Lobster.

Any assistance appreciated.

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There were various spaces to pull up on the roads in the industrial area at the end of Mark Lane around the Ship and Lobster when I went which was mid-week.

Good luck.

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