What is the creature seen swimming in the Thames?

Date: April 07, 2016 By: Gemma Heath in River Thames News
What is the creature seen swimming in the Thames?

Residents and visitors to London have been checking out the River Thames this week to see if they can spot the mystery creature that has become a social media sensation.

Someone travelling on the Emirates Air Line, the cable car that crosses the Thames in East London, took a video of the creature in the river and posted it on YouTube, causing much speculation about what it could be.

Is it the Loch Ness Monster?

There are obvious references to the Loch Ness Monster, but it’s hard to make out exactly what the creature might be as it travels along the surface before disappearing back under the water.

The footage was shot on the river close to the O2 Arena, one of the iconic venues in London, but there is likely to be a far more mundane explanation than a mythical creature.

River wildlife

The river is actually home to a large amount of marine creatures, which can be spotted along the river and by travellers on one of the Thames luxury charters. It is far easier to see the animals from a high vantage point, such as on the cable car or in Canary Wharf or close up on a Thames boat charter.

Over the past decade, 49 whales, 450 porpoises and dolphins and more than 2000 seals have been sighted in the Thames. It’s possible that this image is of a sperm whale that has become lost. This isn’t uncommon and 10 years ago a northern bottlenose whale was lost in the river for several days while heading towards the North Atlantic.

Whether we discover what this creature is, it’s bound to have people talking and speculating for weeks.