"Captain, there be whales here!" --Scotty in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Quite some excitement in London today! A 15-foot-long Northern Bottlenosed Whale somehow made its way into downtown London today. In this photo, you can see the whale swimming past the British Parliment Building (the UK version of the US Capitol, best known for its Big Ben clock tower).
The whale normally lives in deep water in the North Sea. Somehow he made his way a good 50 miles up the Thames River. Nobody is quite sure what the whale is doing in London. Perhaps he heard about the new whale exhibit at the Natural History museum or taking in a show at the West End!
POSTSCRIPT: Despite a valiant rescue attempt, the London Whale died the following day of dehydration.