Vets Kill Whale in English River

A northern bottlenose whale that swam into a river near the eastern English town of Ipswich was killed by veterinarians on Saturday after it became stranded, an official said.

Vets Kill Whale in English River

Crowds gathered along River Orwell to watch divers try to coax the 15-foot juvenile whale into open water and back to the North Sea Friday.

When that failed, the whale was humanely destroyed on Saturday, said Trevor Weeks, national coordinator of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue group.

In January, a similar event captured national and international attention when a much bigger, adult northern bottlenose entered London's River Thames and swam past Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. It was the first whale to be recorded in the Thames since records began in 1913, and the mammal died during a three-day rescue operation that tried to transport her back to the sea on a salvage barge.

On Saturday, the carcass of the juvenile northern bottlenose put down near Ipswich was seen lying in mud not far from a bridge over the tidal river.

Experts said the whale probably got lost after leaving Norwegian waters on a journey that normally would have taken it north of Scotland, past Iceland and the Faroe Islands.

AP

Güncelleme Tarihi: 28 Temmuz 2007, 14:09
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