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Hopes rise for whale lost in city; WILDLIFE.

RESCUERS trying to save a whale in the River Clyde were given a boost last night after it headed back towards the sea.

Fears were growing for the safety of the whale - believed to be a northern bottlenose - as it struggled for a third day in the water just a mile from Glasgow city centre.

The 16ft mammal, believed to be a one yearold calf, is normally found in deep waters offshore but had been spotted near Glasgow Arc Bridge at 6pm on Monday.

At lunchtime yesterday rescuers said the young whale's future looked bleak, but around 4pm it reversed course near Erskine Bridge and headed downstream.

Sue White of British Divers Marine Life Rescue said: "This development has given the whale a chance of survival, albeit a slim one."
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