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From the BBC:
Marine mammals thriving in Thames
By Rebecca Morelle, Science Correspondent, BBC News
20 August 2015
Ten years of public sightings show that large marine mammals are regularly found in the River Thames.
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has received records of 2,732 animals over that period.
Joanna Barker, ZSL’s European conservation projects manager, said: “Many people looking into the Thames see a murky, dirty environment.
“But, actually, beneath the waves, it is full of life. We have a huge range of fish and invertebrates, and also top predators.”
Just 50 years ago, the Thames was so polluted it was declared “biologically extinct”, too dirty for anything to survive there.
But the public sightings confirm that the river is springing back to life. And many animals are venturing further into the English capital’s waterway.
Seals were seen as far upstream as Teddington and Hampton Court Palace, in south west London.
And dolphins and porpoises were spotted at Teddington Lock, with large pods spotted close to Kew Gardens and Deptford.
“The fact we get so many sightings in central London suggests the fish stocks are moving in to support these marine predators,” said Miss Barker.
In addition to the public’s reports, the team at ZSL has also been conducting detailed seal surveys along the greater Thames Estuary.
For the last three years, they have used planes and boats to count the number of seals along the river.
“We do think this area is really important,” said Miss Barker.
“It’s quite sheltered compared with the North Sea, and there is a whole different range of environments and habitats for the marine mammals to use.
“So we think that London and the Thames Estuary is an important environment for these species.
“And we are keen to get more sightings year on year, and to build up a better picture of the places that marine mammals are using.”
The public are being asked to send their marine mammal sightings to ZSL.