A sperm whale spending the best part of 2 days in shallow water?
Chalice Charters FB page said:Whale update..... whale update...
OK folks. We've been talking to British Divers Marine Life Rescue, who are aware of the situation and are monitoring it locally. We have been able to supply high-resolution images of the whale that may help them to identify the individual creature. However, they are reasonably certain that it is a sub-adult male that has simply wandered away from its usual habitat and is now somewhere that it really shouldn't be.
Ideally, the whale will be able to find its own way back to open water and will not sustain any injuries while it is in the harbour. As such they are asking all vessels to KEEP AWAY - there's obviously a lot of local interest but to avoid a tragedy and give the whale its best chance, it needs to be left alone.
If it looks as if it cannot find its way out of the harbour, then they might mount a rescue operation to 'shepherd' it to safer water, in which case Highland Tiger is on stand-by to assist. In the mean time, tempting though it may be, we're doing what is best for the whale and will not be running any trips to see it.
a long slow dip walking along the thames all evening followed by a kebab and then spending the next day watching on tv with horrific dehli belly as half london saw the thing before the tragic end? Or was that just me? That would be depressing (almost as depressing as the flashbacks you just triggered Steve).A repeat of the London bottle- nosed whale would be rather depressing.
I'm thinking of going up on Friday to see it if I can get a day off. Train or bus takes about three hours. I have some reservations too, but even if it is sick, I'd still be seeing an animal in a natural environment, even if it's not the kind of place it would normally want to find itself in when healthy. Hopefully it's not been scared into the bay because of the noise from shipping.