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Watch: a dolphin has been spotted in the Thames

James Manning

Sixty years ago the Natural History Museum declared the Thames ‘biologically dead’, but since then, major clean-up efforts have seen life return to London’s river. Now it’s home to fish, birds, more than 2,000 seals and even, very occasionally, dolphins – like the one spotted by Time Out reader András Bihari on Saturday morning.

Dolphin sightings are very rare in London – as far as we can tell, this is only the fourth in ten years. András spotted the marine mammal (whom he nicknamed Cecil) swimming around at Limehouse over the weekend, and sent us this video.

Cecil should have made it back out to sea by now, so you can put away those binoculars. But if you spot any unusual wildlife in your area, send us photos or video via We love being reminded that there’s more to London life than stressed-out humans.

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