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Old Thursday 27th September 2018, 18:13   #26
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How do observers know if the Beluga is feeding successfully?
Presumably, the cetacean experts can identify feeding behaviour. and it's said to be in good condition though I have no idea how quickly a Beluga would start to lose body condition if it weren't feeding successfully?
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Old Thursday 27th September 2018, 18:15   #27
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Don't blame it for doing a runner if some **** from the Beeb has been hovering a 'copter over it
Could have been a drone, it was an aerial shot, you haven't seen that footage on the news?
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Old Thursday 27th September 2018, 18:29   #28
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Could have been a drone, it was an aerial shot, you haven't seen that footage on the news?
Nope! Only pics I've seen have been bankside views on twitter. Pretty much given up on BBC as a news source with their increasing far right bias.
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Old Thursday 27th September 2018, 18:42   #29
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Nope! Only pics I've seen have been bankside views on twitter. Pretty much given up on BBC as a news source with their increasing far right bias.
So it's only viewed from the left bank then!
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So it's only viewed from the left bank then!
Oh my gauche, I like it.......
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Old Thursday 27th September 2018, 19:25   #31
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This poor belugared whale.

All these bad puns and all it wants to do is feed and frolic* in the waves.


*(According to one tabloid report I'm sure I read)
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Old Friday 28th September 2018, 00:09   #32
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Old Friday 28th September 2018, 07:23   #33
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Don't blame it for doing a runner
Walking, running...this is one talented creature. Someone chuck it a football and see how long it can do keepie-ups
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Old Friday 28th September 2018, 07:57   #34
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I''m guessing it wouldn't still be frolicking in the Thames if it wasn't successfully feeding.

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Old Friday 28th September 2018, 08:12   #35
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I won't offend anyone by posting pics or links but if you Google Beluga Whale with football you'll find quite a few pictures.....

(Sadly the species was at least historically heavily traded with the entirety of that trade being whales taken from the wild for the aquarium trade.)

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Old Friday 28th September 2018, 08:33   #36
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Anyone actually looking for it this morning?

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Old Friday 28th September 2018, 08:57   #37
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One has to be concerned for this lost singleton if it continues to travel upstream. Even though the experts are stating it looks in good condition and feeding, surely the amount and variety of prey availability is limited in the Thames despite it being cleaner now. At what stage do the specialised foundations attempt to coax it back to the estuary mouth and hopefully head out to sea and North.
The longer it stays in this location the higher the risk of ship strike, stranding and growing weaker.
A brilliant spectacle no doubt to see this creature but hopefully a positive outcome.
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Personally, for me, it would seem an extraordinary decision to 'intervene' when they live in rivers, the logistics required would be very difficult in light of its frequent diving, it has not travelled any further upstream since it was first found and withstood normal tides and it is apparently behaving normally?

It seems far more at risk of 'monitoring' by boats and helicopter reporters than anything else.

Now that the media have not got their tragedy or their rescue, let's hope it continues peacefully until it decides to find a new foraging area.

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Personally, for me, it would seem an extraordinary decision to 'intervene' when they live in rivers, the logistics required would be very difficult in light of its frequent diving, it has not travelled any further upstream since it was first found and withstood normal tides and it is apparently behaving normally?

It seems far more at risk of 'monitoring' by boats and helicopter reporters than anything else.

Now that the media have not got their tragedy or their rescue, let's hope it continues peacefully until it decides to find a new foraging area.

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Agree with all of that. Its habitat and behaviour are entirely natural.

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Same location. Various messages including just after midday.

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(Sadly the species was at least historically heavily traded with the entirety of that trade being whales taken from the wild for the aquarium trade.)
Ah, it's an escape . . . Category E
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Slight hijack of the thread, but given talk of escape...

Was the origin of the Stellers Sealion off Cornwall ever established? I find it hard to believe one could escape from a zoo and waddle to the sea!
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Ah, it's an escape . . . Category E
Seems laughable, but actually this was the case with one of the very few Beluga records from Germany!
Four Belugas were caught for English zoos in 1966 somewhere in the Arctic and transported back to Europe. There the transport ship almost sank in stormy conditions in the English Channel and the Beluga escaped. It soon turned up far up the Rhine, where it stayed for a month, managed to avoid an overly dedicated zoo director and his clumsy attempts to recatch the Beluga and finally swam back out of the Rhine still more or less healthy.
If you want to read up on him Google "Moby Dick Rhine"
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCb3XBHh_tA

Sadly the Russians are still catching Belugas (and Orcas) for Chinese Aquariums!
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Beluga in Rhine was, I think, wild. The mammal atlas of the landlocked North Rhine-Westphalia region has a cetacean species on its list:
http://www.saeugeratlas-nrw.lwl.org/...cat=artenliste

But maybe one can confirm/deny the story that a ship transported an elephant seal to a British zoo, and the seal was washed away during a storm. It washed out dead on the Scottish coast, and a man who discovered it decided to make a practical joke and dumped the corpse in Loch Ness...
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Present this morning 7am.
I walked east from ship and lobster, its currently just east of the jetty's, between boats ( Tosca and Distributor)
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Personally, for me, it would seem an extraordinary decision to 'intervene' when they live in rivers, the logistics required would be very difficult in light of its frequent diving, it has not travelled any further upstream since it was first found and withstood normal tides and it is apparently behaving normally?

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Now that the media have not got their tragedy or their rescue, let's hope it continues peacefully until it decides to find a new foraging area.

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Where does the Thames become wholly fresh water?
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Slight hijack of the thread, but given talk of escape...

Was the origin of the Stellers Sealion off Cornwall ever established? I find it hard to believe one could escape from a zoo and waddle to the sea!

The story I heard was that it was known to have come from Hamburg (?) Zoo?
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Saturday 10:00 watching it from the Ship & Lobster pub ‘garden’ ; better still, pub is open already!
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Where does the Thames become wholly fresh water?
Teddington Lock is the tidal limit Andy.
Pub open already? It sounds like a very civilised twitch
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