The 16-18ft (5m) northern bottle-nosed whale was spotted early on Saturday in the Battersea area - the furthest upstream it has swum....Meanwhile, a blog has been setup by a PR firm to track the progress of Gonzo. Here's a poem sent to the whale blog by one of their readers. From Lewis PR - Whale Watch:
"The whale is currently in the water, it's very quiet," he said.
"We were not 100% sure it was in Greenwich. The fact that it is in the Battersea area suggests the whale is disoriented. It's not going in any particular direction."
He explained it was "impossible" to tell what the whale's condition is like, but he said Paul Jepson, vet with the Zoological Society of London, saw the whale from a boat and it appeared to have injuries.
Oh Gonzo we feel like we know you,I sure hope Gonzo will be alright. After the dolphins, whales are my next favourite animal. Go Gonzo! Swim out to the ocean! For photos, do take a look at A whale came to The Thames photoset on Flickr. Learn more about the northern bottlenose whale here.
Swim swim as best you can
You know what you have to do
all of London is your fan
Gonzo is in trouble -
we must not let him die
If only we could put him in a bubble
Why Gonzo? Oh why?
'We must save Gonzo' we say,
don't let them fill him with lead
At the end of the day
Gonzo is dead.
(Thanks Greg, falsetto55)