A five metre animal was first spotted in the River Clyde at 6pm on Monday 21st September. It is believed to be a young northern bottlenose whale, the same species as the female that famously died after swimming up the River Thames. This comes just days after the equally famous bottlenose whale named Gilbert washed up in Bournemouth, Dorset.
Representatives from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), supported by a vet from Fife, have been monitoring the whale but it has not been seen since the 23rd September and searches for the animal have now been called off. When Bobby, as it had been named, was last seen it appeared emaciated and may not even have been weaned from its mother. There are concerns it will not survive even if it managed to return to open water.
Although the west coast of the UK is a part of the regular migration route for northern bottlenose whales they occasionally become disorientated and turn inshore, possibly mistaking major rivers as a potential route through to the west coast.