A Long Way from Home

ENGLAND: A Northern bottlenose whale took a wrong turn and wandered up the River Thames to central London in late January, much to the delight of hundreds of Londoners. It was the first such sighting since records began nearly a century ago, as the endangered species is usually found in deep sea waters. The next day, the 18-ft. whale was placed in a pontoon and towed by a barge to be released. Crowds grew to 3,000 cheering onlookers as the massive rescue attempt unfolded. After several hours, the whale began to suffer from convulsions and became severely distressed. As the whale's condition worsened, scientists decided to administer a lethal injection. The cause of the 11-year-old female's tragic situation has not yet been determined.