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Last Updated: Saturday, 21 January 2006, 18:39 GMT
Thames whale in graphics
A massive rescue effort has failed to save a bottle-nosed whale which became stranded in the River Thames.

The whale is normally found in deeper waters in the North Atlantic.

Graphic of bottle-nosed whale

The British Divers Marine Life Rescue led the rescue operation, while a vet from the RSPCA monitored the animal's vital signs.

Graphic on rescue effort

It was the first sighting of the endangered species in the Thames since records began nearly a century ago, but the animal died as it was taken east out of London.


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