Rogue Whale Terrorizes London
on 1/20/2006 (44)
Earlier today, a 17-foot long bottle-nosed whale made it's way up the Thames River, past such historical monuments as Big Ben and Parliament. The streets were quickly filled with screams of terror as horrified Londoners ran for cover, fearful of the damage a bus-sized mammal could inflict.
|Terror in London has a new face, and that name is whale. |
"I saw it blow, signifying that the whale was ready to attack," said pale-faced spectator Tom Howard-Vyne. "I grabbed as many of my children as I could and I ran, I just ran as far and as fast as I could."
"The whale has made two seemingly deliberate attempts to beach itself," said Laila Sadler, scientific officer at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty by Animals "It appears that he was trying to find a way into the children's hospital near shore, probably to feast."
Other witnesses reported the river to be red like blood, most likely the blood of seagulls and unlucky divers.
"It is a race against time to save the city," said Alison Shaw, marine and freshwater conservation program manager at the Zoological Society of London. "We must kill the whale before it kills us all."
In 1992 during a similar incident, a bottlenose whale made it's way down a channel in the Spanish city of Milan. Many citizens of Milan initially expressed concern about the health of the whale, but that was before it attacked.
"You won't find Milan on a map today," said Shaw. "That's because, after the whale attack, it no longer exists. The town was destroyed and no one survived, it was the worst whale attack in nearly thirty years."
Bottle-nosed whales are normally seen in the deep northern Atlantic, traveling in pods. They can reach 26 feet long and feed off of lost sailors and small fishing boats.
An armada of fishing boats began a frantic search for the whale this afternoon, which disappeared from view around sunset after diving under the surface of the water. A sizeable bounty has been offered for the man that brings in the dead whale.
"This whale has killed before and unless we stop it now, it will kill again," said Mark Simmons, science director at the Whale and Dolphin Extermination Society. "There is no price you can put on the safety of jolly old England."0"<
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