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A fireworks display has been cancelled by a local council so as to not disturb a beluga whale known as “Benny”.
The whale was first spotted in the River Thames off Gravesend, in Kent, on September 25, and has been sighted mutiple times since.
A fireworks display on a nearby barge was set to be attended by 15,000 people but the event has now been cancelled – and the local council say Benny’s welfare is the reason why.
Gravesham Borough Council said: “the need to keep Benny safe while he visits us in Gravesend must take priority”.
Council leader David Turner said the decision had been made because of advice from the Port of London Authority.
“Every effort will be made to reschedule this hugely popular event, but a decision cannot be made now as no-one knows how long Benny will remain in residence here.
“While we understand this is also disappointing to the thousands of residents and visitors who enjoy our fantastic fireworks display every year, we have to ensure our special visitor is kept safe and well,” he said.
About 15,000 people had been expected to attend the event on November 2.
Martin Garside, from the Port of London Authority, said the council have made a “good call”.
Beluga whales can grow up to 20ft in length and are usually at home in the icy waters around Greenland or Svalbard- so Benny is living in a rather unusual spot for his species.
More Info: mirror.co.uk