The baby whale that ran aground on the banks of the Thames in south London on Sunday was euthanized. His condition had deteriorated and the small cetacean would not have survived anyway, said British rescuers.
Minke’s little whale was released from the lock it was trapped in on Monday morning, to the cheers of hundreds of spectators. But then she managed to escape, going up the river rather than heading out to sea.
🔴Update: After yet another stranding, the on-site veterinary team has euthanized Minke’s whale which had been stuck in the Thames since yesterday. https://t.co/zQ47JSA0SO
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The whale “would not have survived very long”
“The condition of the whale deteriorated during the last 45 minutes we were with it,” said Julia Cable, national coordinator of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR). “She wasn’t breathing well and she wouldn’t have survived very long. “
The calf of 3 to 4 m had been spotted this Sunday beached at a lock in Richmond. The cetacean was exhibiting “disturbing behavior” on Monday, according to a spokesperson for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI). The experts present “feared that he was not in good health. “
The Minke’s whale usually reaches 10 m in adulthood and lives in the northern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It can be found as far as the Arctic or Ecuador. In January 2006, a northern bottlenose whale had already become stranded in the Thames. The cetacean had died while being brought back to the sea.