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Small Wounded Whale Spotted in Thames after Being Rescued from a Shoal in Richmond

Afouda Bamidele
May 10, 2021
07:40 P.M.
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A rescue mission recently went south as a young wounded whale escaped while being transported to safety after tragically spending hours stranded in Richmond.


When it comes to humanity's love for animals, man has never failed to show his generosity towards creatures of different species. However, not all animals wish to be helped, just like a certain minke whale.

The mammal in question was reportedly first seen around 7 pm at Richmond Lock and Weir on May 9, 2021. The young minke whale drew the attention of people after it became stranded.

Rescuers load a whale onto a trailer in Macquarie Harbour on Tasmania's west coast on September 24, 2020 | Photo: Getty Images


The mammal was trapped on the lock's boat rollers which were not surprising as the creature was about three to four meters long. However, humanity came together to save the poor whale from harm.

Through the joint efforts of the London Fire Brigade, the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) crew, and the British Divers Marine Life Rescue, the young minke whale was freed from its confinement.


The joy of the successful rescue mission was short-lived as the mammal reportedly escaped from its rescuers just hours after it had been saved. The whale was then spotted swimming in the River Thames.

Last year, many whales needed to be rescued after being stranded on Macquarie Harbour in Tasmania, Australia.


According to sources, the minke whale escaped while it was being transported on an inflatable cushion to the deeper part of the river in the early hours of the morning. Despite escaping, the whale was being monitored.

This was reportedly due to the mammal's alarming behaviors, which made the whale's rescuers concerned about the creature's wellbeing. The experts on site were also worried that the whale might be unwell.


In April, two whales, a mother, and her child were distressed and in need of desperate help after the baby whale was trapped off the coast of Victoria Beach.

The small whale was caught up in a fishing line, and although rescuers rushed to help the mammal, the mother and child wouldn't let them out of fear and kept going underwater whenever they came close.


Last year, many whales needed to be rescued after being stranded on Macquarie Harbour in Tasmania, Australia. This rescue mission ended up bittersweet as many of these glorious mammals tragically died.

Kris Carlyon, a marine conservation biologist who advised the government's response to what was considered one of the world's biggest mass whale strandings, told sources that rescuers could save 94 whales.

According to Clayton, it took great effort to save that many whales, and he also expected most of these creatures, who lived in deep waters, to recover from the incident once they regrouped fully.