STRANDED: a sperm whale' RESCUE BID: the Northern bottle-nosed whale
in the River Thames
THE rescue attempt of the Thames bottle-nosed whale
was branded "a circus act" last night by wildlife expert Terry Nutkins.
The world looked on as the rescuers tried so desperately to reunite the bottle-nosed whale
with her companions.
But the skeleton of the young 19ft bottle-nosed whale
will not go on public display at the London attraction.
Paul Jepson, of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), who is an expert on whale and dolphin "strandings", hoped to find clues to explain why the 15ft northern bottle-nosed whale
Paul Jepson of the Zoological Society of London hopes to find clues which might explain why the 15ft northern bottle-nosed whale
became lost in the capital's water course.
A spokesman for the charity group organising its rescue from the river in central London said the bottle-nosed whale
went into convulsions as it was taken by barge into the Thames Estuary and died at around 7pm.
Willy the bottle-nosed whale
, who was just two hours from the open sea, suffered a series of fits around 7pm after it was pulled out of the river.
While the Thames may be home to a northern bottle-nosed whale
for the first time since records began, the river has previously played host to a variety of unusual visitors.
The 18ft northern bottle-nosed whale
managed to get through the Thames barrier and made it as far as Chelsea's Albert Bridge.
The 15ft-long northern bottle-nosed whale
swam into Central London yesterday making its way as up river as far as Chelsea.
THE plight of the female bottle-nosed whale
which died after losing its way in the Thames enthralled the nation.
Rescuers battle in vain to save the 15ft northern bottle-nosed whale
in the River Thames.
The hope was that Willy - a 15ft Northern bottle-nosed whale
- would be well enough to be released back into the sea.
Fears were growing for the 15ft northern bottle-nosed whale
, as experts believe it may become stranded when the tide changed last night.