Long-time readers may recall my painful confession from many moons ago that I am terrified of whales. I don't know why, it's totally irrational...they live in the ocean, I live inland. Or at least it used to be that way:
A lost and likely sick whale swam up the River Thames past Parliament and Big Ben in central London on Friday, attracting huge crowds and a police boat escort before nearly beaching itself on the shallow riverbank.
The Northern bottlenose whale appeared to be about 20 feet long, witnesses said. The whale, which usually is found in the cold waters of the North Atlantic, was about 40 miles from the mouth of the Thames on the North Sea.
Tom Howard-Vyne said he saw the marine mammal swim under Westminster Bridge near Big Ben.
"I saw it blow. It was a spout of water which sparkled in the air," he said. "It was an amazing sight."
TV stations followed the marine mammal with live coverage as it wandered into shallow water near the muddy banks of the tidal waterway. The whale appeared to get stuck several times, and officials wearing yellow jackets could be seen running up and down the shoreline at low tide trying to push it back into deeper water.
I'm not falling for that whole "Oh poor me, I'm not well" ruse it's got going on either. They're coming inland to get us people!
I'm moving to Kansas.