Whale spotted in River Orwell

MARINE experts are currently searching the River Orwell following sightings of a whale.First sightings were reported at around 2pm today to the coastguard in the area of the Orwell Bridge.

MARINE experts are currently searching the River Orwell following sightings of a whale.

First sightings were reported at around 2pm today to the coastguard in the area of the Orwell Bridge.

The coastguard alerted the British Divers Marine Life Rescue group which sent a representative to investigate the sightings.

The whale was spotted several times in the area under the bridge, before heading toward Ipswich Waterfront.


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An expert from the marine life rescue group was taken aboard a local yacht and spent time observing the whale.

The whale was thought to be a northern bottlenose. It was not known if it was ill or has lost its way.

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The rescue group is mobilising a team with a boat, generators and lighting in case the whale beaches itself or becomes stranded and a rescue operation needs to be mounted tonight.

See this website for further updates.

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