Beluga whale spotted again in River Thames

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Conservationists have reported a fresh sighting of a "very lost" beluga whale in the Thames as they wait to see if it will head out to sea.

Yes, a beluga whale was spotted splashing around in Britain's River Thames, and Brits can't quite believe it.

The RSPCA animal welfare group said that it's "working with other agencies to monitor the situation" and sent researchers to the scene.

Among the theories of how the beluga whale ended up in the Thames is that it followed a shoal of fish into the waterway.

It appears to have moved a few miles further west since yesterday.

A spokeswoman for the organisation said the beluga's visit to the Thames was a "very rare occurrence", and urged people not to go out in boats to get a close look at the whale, but to watch it from the shore. "There have been just 20 sightings of beluga whales off the United Kingdom coast previously, but these have occurred off Northumberland, Northern Ireland and Scotland".

Babey said it was unclear why this one had lost its way and come into the Thames, though it would be unlikely to have lost its way due to storms or because it was following prey.

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"We're hoping if we give it enough space and keep an eye on it, it will find its own way out of the Thames to an environment that's more appropriate for it".

In 2006, a northern bottle-nosed whale died after stranding itself in the Thames.

They range from 13ft (3.9m) to 20ft (6.1m) in length and have distinctive rounded foreheads.

Belugas are commonly found in coastal waters of the Arctic Ocean, but are also at home in large rivers.

They are common to Alaska, Russia, Canada, and Greenland.

This sea creature made a whale of a trip.