Thames Monster? ‘Nessie’ speculation rife as mysterious creature spotted in London (VIDEO, POLL)
The baffling sight was captured on video from a cable car in Greenwich and shows the “beast” swimming near the O2 arena, rising to the surface before vanishing again.
The shaky footage was recorded by Penn Plate, who wondered if he was witnessing a whale or submarine.
Social media users, however, had more creative suggestions.
Two Glasgow lads here discussing the 'Nessie' in the Thames. One said dead serious, "Couldnae be it. Loch Ness is a Loch. Couldnae get oot."— McMmns irl rn (@Danny_McMoomins) April 7, 2016
gonna go fishing for the Loch Ness monster outside of O2— Michael Clifford (@Michael5SOS) April 7, 2016
Giant Loch Ness monster spotted in Thames actually just David Cameron escaping country in submarine— Hannah Schneider (@HanSchneids) April 6, 2016
Just caught some footage of the Thames Loch Ness monster! pic.twitter.com/dh7gFCdlHl— David Whitehouse (@d_whitehouse) April 7, 2016
An increased number of dolphins, porpoises and seals have been spotted in the Thames over recent years, as well as - albeit less commonly - whale sightings.
Looking at the Thames video my guess is that it's a whale, similar to the East coast beachings over the last few months.— Jake Smyth (@jake_smyth) April 6, 2016
Apparently Nessie's been spotted in the Thames. I mean we've had whales etc in the river around the city before but okay lol— Leila Idrissova (@leilaidrissova) April 6, 2016
The footage has been viewed more than 2 million times and river tour operators say it has given their business a boost.