Sharks and seahorses found living in the Thames

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Sharks and seahorses found living in the Thames
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Sharks, seahorses, eels and seals have been found living in the River Thames.

A study led by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has found that sharks, seahorses, eels and seals have been found living in the River Thames, 64 years after it was declared “biologically dead”

Since the 1990s, there has been a rise in the range of birds, marine mammals and natural habitats in the 215-mile long river.

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A range of breeds of sharks such as Tope, starry smooth-hounds and spurdogs are said to be using the water as nurseries, with over 100 species of fish.

However, there has been a slight decline in the number of fish species found in the tidal areas, according to experts, and further research is needed to determine the cause.

The study found that the temperature of the Thames has increased by 0.2C a year due to climate change, with the rising temperature causing water levels in the tidal Thames to rise since 1911, ZSL said.


The report shows that sea levels at Silvertown have also been rising 4.26mm a year since 1990.

Alison Debney, for ZSL, said: “Estuaries are one of our neglected and threatened ecosystems.”

“They provide us with clean water, protection from flooding, and are an important nursery for fish and other wildlife. The Thames Estuary and its associated ‘blue carbon’ habitats are critically important in our fight to mitigate climate change and build a strong and resilient future for nature and people.”


“This report has enabled us to really look at how far the Thames has come on its journey to recovery since it was declared biologically dead, and, in some cases, set baselines to build from in the future.”


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Laura is from a small seaside town in North Wales and has also lived in Liverpool and Manchester, where she studied English Literature and worked in social media and marketing. Laura moved to the city of Zaragoza last August to teach English, but after missing the coast she decided to move to beautiful Nerja to enjoy the sun and sea. Laura has a passion for animals, films, outdoor activities, writing and the environment.

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