Saturday, May 2, 2009

School of Pilot whales.

Peter Cook, a weekly columnist for the Medway Messenger, recalled in an email:

"My personal recollection is of a whole school of pilot whales coming up the Thames in the 1960s when I was a cub reporter on the Gravesend Reporter. There were about 40 of them. A magnificent sight. I went out in a boat with our photographer Arnold Bearman and still have a couple of prints somewhere. The Billy Smarts Circus people tried to catch one but were warned off by the PLA because of course everything in the London river belongs to the Queen. The whales had apparently come up after a shoal of whitebait. They got as far as Tower Bridge I believe."

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