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Beluga whale spotted in the Thames off Gravesend

Beluga whale in the Thames Image copyright Dave Andrews @iPterodroma
Image caption The whale has been seen feeding around barges near Gravesend

A Beluga whale has “almost certainly” been seen in the River Thames in Kent, marine life rescuers have said.

It was first spotted by ecologist and ornithologist Dave Andrews, who said it had been feeding around the barges near Gravesend.

The British Divers Marine Life Rescue said it seemed to be “swimming strongly”.

Spokeswoman Julia Cable urged the public not to get too close to the whale and “to watch it from the shore”.

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