The whale was noticed at round 2 p.m. ET (7 p.m. native time) Sunday caught close to Richmond Lock on the River Thames, a port spokesperson instructed CNN.
The whale is believed to be a small minke whale roughly three meters lengthy, he mentioned.
Marine mammal consultants from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue have arrived on the scene and are working to free the whale.
The consultants have been joined by authorities from Port of London Authority, the Royal Nationwide Lifeboat Establishment and the London Fireplace Brigade, the spokesperson mentioned.
Spectator Daniel Magee, who recorded a number of movies of the whale, mentioned he assumed it was a returning seal.
“The placement is Richmond Lock and and we noticed a gaggle of spectators, we noticed a seal there earlier this yr, which is uncommon, so we thought it was him once more,” Magee instructed CNN.
“As we acquired nearer I noticed a fin and realized it was a whale. Some lock keepers hosing him down and it regarded just like the tide was going up so he may flip round. I spotted that the whale is likely to be injured because it began rolling on its facet and thrashing about.”
One other spectator, David Korsaks, instructed CNN he was stunned to see something aside from birds within the space.
“It was nearly disbelief and shock to see a whale the place you’ll usually solely see geese and swans,” Korsaks mentioned. “My subsequent ideas have been I hope it is okay and manages to swim free.”
Sophie Milner instructed CNN she took video of the whale after seeing individuals gathered on the scene.
“We simply noticed a crowd of individuals trying on the whale. It was being taken care of by some specialists by the point we acquired there,” she mentioned.
CNN’s Susannah Cullinane contributed to this report.
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