How might a whale have ended up in the Thames? And other questions

How might a whale have ended up in the Thames? And other questions

How does a whale find itself 90 miles from sea? And are such incidents becoming more common?

The minke whale, scientific name Balaenoptera acutorostrata, is the most common whale species in UK waters. Females reach up to 8.5 metres in length; males about 8 metres. They weigh between five to 10 tonnes. They are black, brown or dark grey on their backs and lighter below.

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