Friday, January 20, 2006
So, we turned around and headed back to our temporary LEWIS Whale Watch HQ in Battersea.
According to the BBC it could be 'very distressed'. Actually, I'm not surprised, following the amount of excitement Gonzo has created. The last official sighting was at 6.20pm at Albert Bridge.
BBC Interactive is showing the LEWIS PR report - recorded in our office - on loop.
Gonzo's apparently in Greenwich. This is fantastic news - it means he's miles closer to his goal of getting back out to sea. The tide's in his favour.
We've said it before and we'll say it again... GO GONZO GO!
Gonzo was last seen at 6.15pm just off Chelsea Bridge. Has anyone heard or read any other information regarding his whereabouts?
View from Chelsea Bridge
We're with the bikers on the south side of Chelsea Bridge. Either the wheelies and burnouts have scared Gonzo away, or he's slipped away from the authorities. Helicopters are circling.
Poem for Gonzo II - keep up the good work!
Keep the comments coming and we'll make sure the folks down at the river hear all about it. Just comment on this post and let us know what you think.
But for now, another poem for Gonzo from one of our readers:
Oh Gonzo we feel like we know you,
Swim swim as best you can
You know what you have to do
all of London is your fan
Gonzo is in trouble -
we must not let him die
If only we could put him in a bubble
Why Gonzo? Oh why?
'We must save Gozno' we say,
don't let them fill him with lead
At the end of the day
Gonzo is dead.
Stay in touch
LEWIS Whale Watch goes mobile
Stay tuned for more posts - we will be blogging from the scene.
Gonzo in 'distressed condition'
However, the rescue operation will continue...
Breaking eyewitness news
She says: "It wasn't a pretty sight. He wasn't really moving. I don't hold out much hope for Gonzo's survival - even though the crowds were cheering. Lots of families has brought their small children out to cheer him along."
Are YOU going down to visit Gonzo?
Mixed reports from LEWIS Whale Watch followers
"Our whales are doing strange things lately. Fin whales in the English Channel earlier this week as well as fin whales only a few metres off the coast of West Cork three weeks ago. Let us know if you would like more info." Wendy Slocum, Whale Watch West Cork
"Look, I'm a zoologist, and Gonzo is fine. They just gotta get those motor boats away, that's the first thing."
"Poor wee chap. Let him do his thing. Save Gonzo by not interfering with him. Let nature take its course."
"Surely with the news coverage and the public interest we as a nation can save this whale?"
"If they can get him back to the open sea, or back on track, without causing him any further distress, then please do it. But let's not be trigger happy, just because it's getting dark."
"I hate the pompous pratishness that becomes evident. The so-called specialists making fools of themselves. Without any proof they come out and say 'it must be ill', 'we need to anesthetise it', 'we must destroy it'. Sorry, but I am a scientist as well and there is no reason make such affirmations or presumptions without any supporting evidence."
Stay in touch, people. Let's SAVE GONZO.
London - and the world - this is your chance.
Vote SAVE GONZO by adding your comment to this post. LEWIS will turn this into a petition a deliver right to where it will make the most difference.
Let's tell the authorities we want them to find another way!
VOTE SAVE GONZO.
We think it must be from the people we've seen frantically rowing a small inflatable raft up and down the Thames.
Fighting the darkness
Gonzo's vital statistics
Type: Northern Bottle-Nosed Whale
Length: 17 feet
Weight: 5 tonnes
Poem for Gonzo
Gonzo is lost in River
I hope he is okay, he gave us a shiver
When he lost his way
Lets hope he gets out soon
and swims his way home before tonights moon
Leaves Gonzo to roam.
The tide has turned?
The tide has turned - this should help our intrepid pal make his way back the the Thames Estuary, and the sea.
Bad news - Gonzo's stopped moving
We are watching from our offices and keep readers posted when he starts moving.
The BBC arrives at LEWIS
Gonzo's moving east - this is a good sign!
KEEP SWIMMING GONZO!
Imminent rescue attempt?
A whale worth his salt
This is the first time a whale has ventured this far into the Thames.
In deep water?
Gonzo's getting on a bit
For more information on this amazing creature, click here.
Whale watcher Mark Street reports
"It was very worrying to see that the whale almost beached. This is exactly what happened earlier, and what we feared might happen. The police appeared to be really nervous and backed off as soon as they realised this was a danger."
Another great pic, this time from The Times
Hundreds of people have gathered.
Report from Liz Carrington
"The whale was stuck on the bank, in shallow water, in front of Battersea Power Station. Three men in yellow jackets waded into the water and tried to coax it back into the water by splashing it. When it returned to deeper water, everyone cheered."
Save the whale
Pictures to follow...
Check back as they will be posted shortly.
Terrible news - blood in the water
Battersea whale's home
LEWIS whale watcher Mark Street live on Sky
First pictures filter through
Perhaps a bit like this?
Origin of the species
It is the first time this species of whale has entered the Thames since records began.
Whale meet again
Followed by the police cruiser, it's gone upmarket and is now level with Cheyne Walk.
Whale takes to the Sky
Top tip-off to the UK media
At this point, we tip off the BBC and send our in-house photographer down to take some shots.
To Battersea and back
It then stops, and spends time by the bridge.
Police back off - whale almost beaches
The first encounter
Naturally, the whole office ran to the river-facing windows of our building to get a better view.