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White Beluga whale surfaces again in River Thames near London

LONDON: A beluga whale spotted in London’s River Thames surfaced again on Wednesday near the British capital, hundreds of miles from its normal Arctic habitat. The white cetacean, which feeds on fish, squid and crabs, was first spotted on Tuesday and surfaced near Gravesend, Kent on the southern side of the estuary, television footage showed. “We are surprised and a little saddened that it has resurfaced again - we had hoped it had gone out to deeper waters and gone out to where it should be,” said Lucy Babey, head of…

Whale Dies In Thailand After Swallowing 80 Plastic Bags

BANGKOK:  A whale has died in southern Thailand after swallowing more than 80 plastic bags, officials said, ending an attempted rescue that failed to nurse the mammal back to health. Thailand is one of the world's largest consumers of plastic bags, which kill hundreds of marine creatures living near the country's popular beaches each year. The small male pilot whale became the latest victim after it was found barely alive in a canal near the border with Malaysia, the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources said on…

Canadian fisherman killed by whale he saved

OTTAWA: A Canadian fisherman lost his life after freeing a whale which had become tangled up in fishing gear. Joe Howlett, from Campobello Island, New Brunswick, has saved dozens of endangered whales after they became entangled in fishing nets. Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc offered his sympathies to Mr Howlett's family and friends. In a statement, he said: "We have lost an irreplaceable member of the whale rescue community. His expertise and dedication will be greatly missed." The 59-year-old had…

New Zealand warns of exploding whale carcasses after mass stranding

WELLINGTON: New Zealand authorities were cutting holes in 300 whale carcasses on Monday, popping the dead animals "like balloons", to avoid them exploding as they decompose on Golden Bay after more than 600 whales became stranded. Hundreds of rescuers managed to save around 400 pilot whales on the South Island beach on the weekend after one of New Zealand's largest whale strandings. But hundreds of whales died on the beach and the Department of Conservation (DOC) cordoned off the bodies and urged the public to call…