Northern Bottlenose Whales Seen Swimming to Glasgow

GLASGOW, Scotland, Sept. 23 (UPI) — A northern bottlenose whale was spotted Tuesday in the River Clyde near the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Center in Glasgow, wildlife officials said.

While the whale in the Clyde was alive, another northern bottlenose that had become a tourist attraction on the South Coast of England was found dead Tuesday.

The British Divers Marine Life Rescue group sent a team to the river to begin efforts to get the whale back to sea, The Scotsman reported. The operation includes two reflotation pontoons and a veterinarian.

Trevor Weeks, the group’s national coordinator, said the first step would be to try to get a blood sample, getting close to the whale in a boat.

“It could be an inexperienced youngster still relying on its parents,” he said. “It could have been separated from them.”

Northern bottlenose whales migrate across the Atlantic on a route that includes Nova Scotia, Scandinavia and the west coast of Britain.

The Dorset whale had been nicknamed Gilbert after a lifeguard who first saw it. Someone noticed it late Monday in apparent distress about half a mile out at sea, and then Tuesday it was found dead in shallow water, The Guardian reported.

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