Minke Whale escapes after becoming stranded in River Thames Richmond lock

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  • The Telegraph published this video item, entitled “Minke Whale escapes after becoming stranded in River Thames Richmond lock” – below is their description.

    A small whale has been freed after it became stuck in a lock along the River Thames in south-west London on Sunday evening.

    Hundreds gathered at Richmond Lock and Weir after the whale, believed to be a Minke and between three to four metres long, became stuck on the lock’s boat rollers.

    Videos showed it being hosed down by a man believed to be a Port of London Authority (PLA) staffer, while a vet performed a check-up at the river’s edge, before the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) arrived at the scene to the cheers of onlookers around 9pm.

    Rescuers managed to hoist the whale onto an inflatable raft, but the animal wriggled free and is now thought to be lost again in the river somewhere in the capital.

    Read more on this: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/05/10/minke-whale-trapped-thames-escapes-efforts-rescue-lock/

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