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EXPERTS carried out a post-mortem on the River Thames whale yesterday.

The mammal's body was moved to Gravesend, Kent, for examination as questions emerged about how it came to be in the Thames - and if enough was done to try to save it.

The 18ft northern bottle-nosed whale, named Wally by rescuers, died on Saturday on a barge which was trying to take it back to deep waters.

During the post-mortem, vets will look for damage to the animal's brain, which could explain why it lost its bearings and ended up in London.

Tony Woodley, of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue group, defended their decision to move the whale.

He denied that noise made by boats in the Thames caused its death.

Woodley said: "If the whale had been left how it was, it would have just slowly died and we don't think that was the acceptable option."

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FINAL JOURNEY: The whale is hoisted ashore at Gravesend, Kent JULIANSIMMONDS
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