"The model is an art installation from Belgian artists Captain Boomer Collective, in collaboration with Zephyr Wildlife Reconstruction.It's very realistic. I wonder if the emergency services fielded any calls from confused members of the public.
"Its beaching today was part of the launch of the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival (GDIF 2013), a nine day event of outdoor performing arts from tomorrow.
"The 17 metre model will be moved by crane to the lawns of the nearby Royal Naval College for the weekend, where it will be part of Greenwich Fair.
"Organisers say the beaching captures our ‘fascination and long relationship with the otherness’ of the sea."
Nature Life-sized sperm whale model beaches in Greenwich: