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Giant whale appeal to Docklands’ bankers

PUBLISHED: 17:46 07 February 2012

A life size western gray whale replica floats past  Canary Wharf in London as WWF highlights the plight of the  last remaining 130, PRESS ASSOCIATION picture date Tuesday 07 February 2012. The western gray whale is teetering on the brink of extinction and their critical feeding ground of the coast of Sakhalin Island in the Russian Far East, is now under threat from further expansion of oil and gas projects.  WWF is calling on the European project lenders to take action and oppose the plans.

Caption should read Geoff Caddick/PA

A life size western gray whale replica floats past Canary Wharf in London as WWF highlights the plight of the last remaining 130, PRESS ASSOCIATION picture date Tuesday 07 February 2012. The western gray whale is teetering on the brink of extinction and their critical feeding ground of the coast of Sakhalin Island in the Russian Far East, is now under threat from further expansion of oil and gas projects. WWF is calling on the European project lenders to take action and oppose the plans. Caption should read Geoff Caddick/PA

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Commuters at Canary Wharf were greeted by an giant grey whale gliding down the Thames today.

Wildlife charity WWF floated the 11-metre replica from Westminster down to Docklands to highlight the plight faced by the Western Gray Whale.

It says as few as 130 gray whales remain, with a critical feeding ground in Russia under threat from oil drilling platforms.

Colin Butfield, head of campaigns at WWF, said: “WWF is calling on the banks to take action and oppose the plans - before it’s too late for these critically endangered whales.”

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