Monday, 24 August 2015

Seals, whales and porpoises regularly spotted in the Thames, survey reveals

A ten-year survey by the ZSL finds that marine life is thriving in the murky waters

9:37AM BST 20 Aug 2015

Large marine animals, including seals, dolphins and whales, have become regular inhabitants of the River Thames, research has revealed.

The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) said that over a ten-year period, more than 2,700 sightings had been reported.

It said that seals were the most common animal seen and were often spotted around from bridges around Westminster.

But most sightings of marine mammals were reported around the docks and wharfs of Canary Wharf than any area along the Thames Estuary in the past decade.

Some 1,080 harbour seals were reported, as well as 333 grey seals and 823 unknown types of seal.

A pod of eight harbour porpoises was spotted near Kew Gardens in 2009 and a pod of bottlenose dolphins visited Deptford in 2006.

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