Whale hello there! 17 metre bottlenose beached at Greenwich

Londoners in Greenwich did a double take yesterday when they spotted a 17 metre sperm whale beached on the Greenwich shoreline yesterday.

Part of a publicity stunt to kick of the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, the organisers hired performers posing as scientists inspecting the creature.

According to organisers, “The beaching captures our fascination and long relationship with the “otherness” of the sea.

“In the 18th Century Greenwich was the centre of the London whaling industry. A base for whaling fleets, the street lamps and houses were lit by whale oil, the cables for whaling were made in Greenwich and whale oil was used in the local wool industry.

“In 2010 the skeleton of a 12m whale was uncovered after 200 years under the river mud at Greenwich.”

Readers' comments (1)

  • Ian Middleton

    A publicity stunt to celebrate the area's connection with whaling? Which particular creative agency though up this tasteful little number?

    Do they have any ideas for other events?

    Perhaps they could celebrate the anniversary of the abolition of slavery with a live flogging on London bridge. Or they could stick some heads of pikes to celebrate Guy Fawkes night this year.

    How about arranging a multi-car pile up on the M1 to denote the invention of the internal combustion engine?

    I could keep these coming all day. Anyone want to offer me a job in PR?

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