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Beached sperm whale sculpture spotted in the middle of river in Madrid

Madrid: Residents crossing the Segovia bridge in Madrid on Friday morning were taken by surprise as they spotted what seemed to be a beached sperm whale in the middle of the river.

Beached sperm whale sculpture in Madrid

But the whale was fake.

The hyper-real looking statue formed part of an art installation by the Belgian artists' collective Captain Boomer.

Around the sculpture, members of the collective dressed as researchers took measurements and threw buckets of water onto the mammal replica.

According to the collective's website, the installation entitled Whale "is a gigantic metaphor for the disruption of our ecological system."

London, Paris and other European cities have hosted the installation in previous years.

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