London life laid bare in rubbish along the Thames

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A hard drive lies on a piece of coloured card in London, Britain, March 9, 2017. A selection of objects were found on the bank of the River Thames during low tide, collected and photographed on coloured card. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth 
A 'Pride Of Ireland' gold-plated men's watch lies on a piece of coloured card in London, Britain, March 9, 2017. A selection of objects were found on the bank of the River Thames during low tide, collected and photographed on coloured card. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
A spoon lies on a piece of coloured card in London, Britain, April 23, 2017. A selection of objects were found on the bank of the River Thames during low tide, collected and photographed on coloured card. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth 
A Samsung mobile phone lies on a piece of coloured card in London, Britain, April 23, 2017. A selection of objects were found on the bank of the River Thames during low tide, collected and photographed on coloured card. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
A damaged wheel lies on a piece of coloured card in London, Britain, March 9, 2017. A selection of objects were found on the bank of the River Thames during low tide, collected and photographed on coloured card. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth 
A plug lies on a piece of coloured card in London, Britain, April 23, 2017. A selection of objects were found on the bank of the River Thames during low tide, collected and photographed on coloured card. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth 
A bottle lies on a piece of coloured card in London, Britain, March 9, 2017. A selection of objects were found on the bank of the River Thames during low tide, collected and photographed on coloured card. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth 
Part of a metal ruler lies on a piece of coloured card in London, Britain, April 23, 2017. A selection of objects were found on the bank of the River Thames during low tide, collected and photographed on coloured card. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth 
A brick lies on a piece of coloured card in London, Britain, March 9, 2017. A selection of objects were found on the bank of the River Thames during low tide, collected and photographed on coloured card. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth 
Sections of bone lies on a piece of card in London, Britain, March 9, 2017. A selection of objects were found on the bank of the River Thames during low tide, collected and photographed on coloured card. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth 
A necklace lies on a piece of coloured card in London, Britain, March 9, 2017. A selection of objects were found on the bank of the River Thames during low tide, collected and photographed on coloured card. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth 
A hot water bottle lies on a piece of coloured card in London, Britain, March 9, 2017. A selection of objects were found on the bank of the River Thames during low tide, collected and photographed on coloured card. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth 
A women's glove lies on a piece of coloured card in London, Britain, March 9, 2017. A selection of objects were found on the bank of the River Thames during low tide, collected and photographed on coloured card. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth 
A variety of ceramic objects are arranged on a piece of coloured card in London, Britain, March 9, 2017. A selection of objects were found on the bank of the River Thames during low tide, collected and photographed on coloured card. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
A car windscreen wiper lies on a piece of coloured card in London, Britain, April 23, 2017. A selection of objects were found on the bank of the River Thames during low tide, collected and photographed on coloured card. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth 
A letter, found in a bottle lies on a piece of coloured card in London, Britain, March 9, 2017. A selection of objects were found on the bank of the River Thames during low tide, collected and photographed on coloured card. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
A pair of knickers lies on a piece of coloured card in London, Britain, March 9, 2017. A selection of objects were found on the bank of the River Thames during low tide, collected and photographed on coloured card. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth 
A plastic toy sword holster lies on a piece of coloured card in London, Britain, April 23, 2017. A selection of objects were found on the bank of the River Thames during low tide, collected and photographed on coloured card. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
A hook lies on a piece of coloured card in London, Britain, March 9, 2017. A selection of objects were found on the bank of the River Thames during low tide, collected and photographed on coloured card. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth 
A broken pair of pliers lies on a piece of coloured card in London, Britain, March 9, 2017. A selection of objects were found on the bank of the River Thames during low tide, collected and photographed on coloured card. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth 
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LONDON, Nov 6 (Reuters) - Bones, a moldy hot water bottle, a pair of rusty pliers and a pristine pair of women’s pants are among the eclectic cast-offs Reuters photographer Stefan Wermuth has found along the River Thames.

Wermuth spent two months collecting items along the riverside to give a snapshot of the litter that finds its way into the waterway that runs through the heart of London. 

A gold-plated watch, a letter in Lithuanian in a bottle and a mobile phone were also retrieved from along the shores of the river, which has undergone extensive cleanups since the Natural History Museum declared the Thames biologically dead in 1957.

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Today, marine life including seals, porpoises and dolphins have been spotted swimming alongside fish and a hard drive that Wermuth found littering the murky waters.

Pollution remains a problem. In March, Thames Water was handed a record 20 million pound ($26 million) fine for pumping sewage into the river. The water company apologized for its failings and said it was working to improve rivers.

London municipal authorities say 4,000 plastic bottles were removed from the river over a one-month period alone last year, demonstrating the scale of the waste problem.

The impact of pollution on marine life in the Thames has in recent years prompted campaigns to encourage Londoners to make sure their rubbish goes in the bin - rather than the water. ($1 = 0.7631 pounds) (Writing by Marika Kochiashvili; Editing by Alison Williams)

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