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A whale in Chelsea

A Northern bottle-nosed whale swam up the Thames on Friday and made it about as far as Battersea Bridge. This morning I went to have a look and I took some pictures.

This is supposedly the first time a whale has been seen in the Thames since records began for this kind of thing but I saw on the news an historian from the Museum of London said that it has happened once before in the 17th century. Then, as now, thousands of people flocked to the river to catch a glimpse of the creature. It shows how attitudes have changed when you consider that then, they harpooned the poor whale but today rescuers have managed to catch the whale and are in the process of dragging it back out to the estuary.

It’s great living in central London. There’s always so much interesting stuff happening on our doorstep.

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