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Whale is found stranded in the Thames

A desperate rescue is under way after a baby whale was spotted stranded along the River Thames today.

Crowds of spectators have gathered along the river in Richmond Lock, south west London, after the aquatic mammal - which is normally found in deep waters- was spotted floating in the waters earlier at around 7.30pm.

Rescuers have been checking the infant's vitals and spraying the animal with water as they wait for a team of experts to arrive to the scene.

The mammal is believed to have swam through the capital before arriving in Richmond. 

A man sprays the baby whale with water after it was spotted stranded along the River Thames today

Crowds of spectators have gathered along the river in Richmond Lock, south west London , after the aquatic mammal was spotted

Earlier today, Richard Frank, who is at the scene in Richmond Lock, said: 'Seems to be a baby whale stuck by Richmond Lock Bridge... Poor thing. Being looked after by the lock keepers and waiting for experts to arrive.' 

He added: 'Not moving a lot, but honestly no idea. At least someone has arrived who looks like they might know what they're doing health wise, but with low tide still to come it looks pretty tough to me.'

While another wrote on social media: 'There’s a beached whale in the #Thames in #Richmond.' 

The aquatic mammal - which is normally found in deep waters- was spotted floating in the waters earlier this afternoon

The scenes come after a giant sperm whale was spotted in the Thames Estuary in January last year.

The huge mammal was first spotted off the coast in Whitstable, Kent, before it was seen in The Swale, a stretch of water between the Isle of Sheppey and the Kent mainland. 

Volunteers from the charity British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) were later dispatched to The Swale to closely monitor the sperm whale from a distance.  

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