YouTube/Sky News
YouTube/Sky News

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

Afouda Bamidele
May 10, 2021
10:40 P.M.

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

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.

Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Related posts

‘I’d Ask for a DNA Test’: Fans React Seeing Christopher Reeve’s Youngest Son, 31, Who Looks ‘Nothing’ Like Dad

October 11, 2023

Pierce Brosnan’s Wife Became Mom to His Boy after He Was Widowed – Now She Thanks Spouse on 22nd Anniversary

August 07, 2023

Inconsolable Mom Unable to Deliver Eulogy at Funeral after Losing 5 Sons and 'Dad' Who Tried to Save Them

September 08, 2023

Bob Barker Lived Alone With Animals at 99 — Meet Woman Who Took Care of Him for 40 Years

August 28, 2023

Inside Kim Cattrall’s Very Private Home Surrounded by Nature Where She Lives with Partner Out of View

September 03, 2023

Boy Falls into Dry Well and Finds Grandpa's Secret Bunker on the Bottom – Story of the Day

November 03, 2023

Russell Island House Fire Update: Dad Died ‘With His Arms around All of the Boys’ Protecting His Kids until the End

August 09, 2023

Bob Barker, 99, Who Lived Alone with Reported $70M Wealth, Won’t Have a Funeral or Memorial Service

August 29, 2023

Steve Irwin’s Chilling Last Minutes Were Caught on Camera: Dying, He Managed to Say Just Two Words

August 10, 2023

UPDATE: ‘Massive’ Search for Little Mattie and Conrad Is Over – One Body Was Found

July 28, 2023

Milo Hamish Ferguson Is an Animator - Facts about Craig Ferguson’s Son

September 02, 2023

UPDATE: Little Maddie & Conrad Missing after Their Mom Was Found Dead, 'Massive' Search Ongoing

July 18, 2023

Old Dad Goes to Visit Daughter for His 80th Birthday, She Doesn't Even Let Him Into Her House – Story of the Day

August 14, 2023

Girl Watches TV Report on a Plane Crash's Lone Survivor, Shocked to See Her Own Face There – Story of the Day

October 30, 2023