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Crowds watch lost baby whale as it swims upstream in River Thames AGAIN after rescuers tried to rescue animal from lock

CROWDS watched a lost baby whale as it swam upstream in the River Thames AGAIN after rescuers tried to save the animal.

The infant mammal became trapped in Richmond Lock in south west London at around 7.30pm last night – and was moved this morning with hopes of releasing it back into the sea.

People watch from the river bank at a juvenile Minke whale that swam up the River Thames

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People watch from the river bank at a juvenile Minke whale that swam up the River ThamesCredit: AFP
The crowd cheered and took pictures

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The crowd cheered and took picturesCredit: AFP
watch as a boat of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) looks for the three-metre minke whale

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watch as a boat of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) looks for the three-metre minke whaleCredit: Reuters
The baby whale has been spotted at Teddington Lock

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The baby whale has been spotted at Teddington LockCredit: Reuters
The RNLI saved the baby whale at Richmond Lock last night

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The RNLI saved the baby whale at Richmond Lock last nightCredit: LNP
The animal was seen swimming upstream today

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The animal was seen swimming upstream todayCredit: Reuters
A boat of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution looking for the three-metre minke whale calf

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A boat of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution looking for the three-metre minke whale calfCredit: Reuters
People lined the lock this afternoon to get a glimpse of the animal

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People lined the lock this afternoon to get a glimpse of the animalCredit: PA
The baby whale swimming upstream

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The baby whale swimming upstreamCredit: PA

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But the animal has been spotted swimming in Teddington Lock this afternoon – and crowds have flocked to see the mammal.

Eyewitnesses reported that it was ”swimming freely” and Port of London authority officials and members of the local RNLI were also attending to keep an eye on the whale.

Matt Allchurch, Teddington RNLI, operations manager told The Sun: “We have crews at the scene who are monitoring the situation.

“There is nothing much we can do really other than to keep an eye on it, to a certain extent it has run out of road as it’s where the tidal Thames meets the River Thames.

“It will have plenty of water but to be honest it has headed in the wrong direction, it’s going westwards when it really needs to be going east and out towards the sea.”

It’s thought the whale is underweight and may have some injuries on its pectoral fins, according to Sky News.

The whale, usually found in deep waters, was checked over by experts who sprayed it with water.

A vet was called in this morning to check the baby animal’s vitals after being moved to a safe location just after midnight.

It comes after a 100-strong crowd gathered near the lock last night after spotting the whale stuck in the lock.

An RNLI crew looks at a young minke whale in the River Thames at Teddington Lock

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An RNLI crew looks at a young minke whale in the River Thames at Teddington LockCredit: LNP
The baby whale in the water today

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The baby whale in the water todayCredit: PA
Emergency services were desperately trying to save the baby whale

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Emergency services were desperately trying to save the baby whaleCredit: LNP
Experts rushed to the scene in south west London last night

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Experts rushed to the scene in south west London last nightCredit: LNP

Jake Manketo, 20, from Richmond, said: “Everyone here is just hoping they get it out.

“We couldn’t believe our eyes when we first saw the poor fella, not every day something like this happens in Richmond.”

The whale was said to be still alive but was stuck on the lock’s boat rollers, as emergency staff worked to set it free.

Fire crews were also pictured at the scene, along with the British Divers Marine Life Rescue service.

It is believed the whale was first spotted at midday a few miles up the river near Barnes Bridge.

A spokesman for the Port of London Authority, which owns and operates the lock, said: “At around 7pm on Sunday, a small whale, approximately 3-4m long, believed to be a Minke whale, became stranded at Richmond Lock and Weir.

Emergency services were attempting to free the baby whale

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Emergency services were attempting to free the baby whaleCredit: LNP
A rescue team were monitoring its vitals

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A rescue team were monitoring its vitalsCredit: dkfitldn
It is thought to be an infant whale and around 6metres in length

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It is thought to be an infant whale and around 6metres in lengthCredit: dkfitldn

“PLA staff have attempted to assist the whale with water along with British Divers Marine Life Rescue.

“The whale is still alive and the Metropolitan Police are working to keep the public away from the water’s edge.”

The spokesman added that the situation is “not good”, though there is no “immediate danger” to the whale.

Minke whales are the smallest of the great whales, growing to about 10m.

They can usually be found throughout the northern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Their range extends from the ice edge in the Arctic during the summer to near the equator during winter.

The lock is situated between Teddington and Richmond, comprising of three vertical steel gates suspended from a footbridge.

In 2019, a humpback whale named Hessy died in the Thames after being hit by a ship.

The 33ft marine mammal died after getting stuck near Kent.

Her body was hauled out of the river was hoisted out of the water by a crane.

The baby whale beached itself at Richmond Lock

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The baby whale beached itself at Richmond LockCredit: dkfitldn
Rescuers have been spraying the mammal with water while waiting for the arrival of experts

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Rescuers have been spraying the mammal with water while waiting for the arrival of expertsCredit: @JakeManketo
Crowds gathered to watch the rescue

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Crowds gathered to watch the rescueCredit: dkfitldn

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