There is a humpback whale in the Thames.

We have seen it Saturday, Sunday and today (Monday). We first saw the whale on Saturday morning and have been seeing it since. It seems to be following the tides - heading out towards Dartford and the sea as the tides get lower around 11 am, and come back up as the water rises later in the day at about 4 pm. 

  Andy Tweed

  Andy Tweed

  Dave Callahan

  Dave Callahan

  Dave Callahan

  Dave Callahan

 

The river wall is a great place to see the wildlife in the river, and even the boats - let's hope that the whale heads back to the sea and on it's normal course soon.

This come a year after "Benny" the beluga hit the headlines -  its's interesting... The recent high spring tides must have had an effect perhaps the poor whale was disoriented. The recent high tides at Rainham have brought with it a different issue - the associated rubbish. At high tide various items get brought up and get stuck on the river wall - including shoes, balls, plastic and even the odd sofa...
A sofa washed up at Rainham Marshes Howard Vaughan

We are planning what we can do to sort out the latest deposition of waste - it shows the importance of disposing of waste appropriately!

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